New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha raked up the issue of Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya and suggested that he may soon introduce a private member’s bill in Parliament in connection with the matter. Also Read - Assam Police Arrests Opposition MLA Over 'Objectionable' Remarks on COVID-19 Quarantine Camps
Sinha took to Twitter on Thursday and posted, “To those who keep asking the BJP and the RSS about when Ram temple will be constructed, I have a straight question: Will you support my private member bill [on Ram temple]?” Also Read - Covid-19 War Can't be Won by Clapping, Lighting Lamps: Shiv Sena Takes a Dig at PM Modi
Claiming that the issue of a Ram temple in Ayodhya is a “top priority for Hindu society”, he questioned the delay in the matter by the Supreme Court. “How many days SC took to give verdict on Article 377, Jallikattu, Sabarimala ?But Ayodhya is not in priority for decades and decades . It is a top priority of Hindu society,” he posted. Also Read - Crackers Are Passe, This BJP Leader Fired Shots in Air to Fulfil PM Modi's '9 Baje 9 Minute' Request, Booked
Putting the onus on Opposition leaders, he asked, “Will @RahulGandhi @SitaramYechury @laluprasadrjd Mayawati ji support Private member bill on Ayodhya?”
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena extended support to Sinha on the idea of bringing the private member’s bill in Parliament. Party’s Sanjay Raut tweeted, “@rakeshsinha01 please bring the bill , we will support you, anything for Ram Mandir, but please let us know the date of building ram Mandir. Jai Shri Ram.”
On the other hand, the Congress lambasted the BJP for raking up the Ram Temple issue ahead of elections and alleged that the party wants to create a rift between Hindus and Muslims. “Due to Parliament Elections they want to come out with an ordinance. They want to create a rift between Hindus and Muslims. Due to the rise in petrol prices, GST and demonetisation, people are unhappy so they want to rake up this Ram Mandir issue,” Congress MLA Roshan Baig said.
“Muslims aren’t against construction of Ram Mandir. If Ram Mandir isn’t constructed in India, will it be constructed in Pakistan? It should be built in India only. Matter is before court. Now they’re trying to bring ordinance. Why did they not do this in 4.5 years,” he further asserted.
National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah also took a jibe at the grand old party over the issue. He said,”They (BJP) think that Lord Ram will win them the 2019 elections. The God will not help them win the elections, it is the people who will vote, neither Lord Ram nor Allah will vote.”
Supreme Court Delays Hearing in Ayodhya Land Dispute Case
The Supreme Court on October 29 delayed the hearings in the Ayodhya land dispute case by setting the first week of January for the hearing dates to be decided. It said that an appropriate bench would start hearing the matters related to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute from January next year.