New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that if the Supreme Court does not fast-track the hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case during the hearing on January 4, the party will explore other options.

“Option of ordinance has always been there. But matter is right now in Supreme Court and the SC has given a date of 4 Jan to decide about next bench. We hoping SC will take it in fast-track way and conclude it early. If that’s not going to happen, we’ll explore other options,” said general secretary Ram Madhav.

The party’s hint at thinking over the option of bringing the ordinance comes amid the growing clamour from within the party and the right-wing outfits demanding the Centre to bring a law to pave way for the construction of a grand Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

The apex court is scheduled to take up a batch of petitions for hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case on January 4.

The matter is listed before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul.

The bench is likely to constitute a three-judge bench for hearing as many as 14 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

While right-wing groups and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) have been pressing for the ordinance, the opposition has been seeking a court verdict on the contentious issue.

Meanwhile, the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) has decided to file a petition in the Supreme Court in case the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre brings in an ordinance.

Madhav also admitted the improvement in Congress’ performance under the leadership of its chief Rahul Gandhi and said that the BJP cannot comment on the latter’s leadership.

“Rahul Gandhi is leader of Congress. It’s for them to decide if his leadership is beneficial to them or not. How can we comment on his leadership for Congress? He tried his electoral mettle in recent polls and brought some victories to Congress, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.

Madhav also said that the party is in talks with smaller parties, particularly in southern and eastern states, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Alliance politics is all about accommodation and adjustment and for that BJP is ready. It is true that certain smaller allies like Kushwaha have decided to leave us but we’re working on bringing new allies into our fold especially in South India and Eastern India,” he said.

Taking at the dig at the opposition’s proposed ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) led by the Congress to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Madhav said that the opposition lacks a prime ministerial face which has led the grand old party to forge alliance with regional parties.

“If Rahul Gandhi could’ve been option for PM candidate because of recent victories, then there would’ve been no need for Mahagathbandhan. Even today, no one, except Stalin, is ready to confirm name of the leader of Mahagathbandhan. There’re six people in queue to become PM,” he said.

Madhav also said that he hopes that there will be a “meaningful debate” in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday over the Triple Talaq Bill.

The Lok Sabha had last Thursday agreed to take up the Triple Talaq Bill for discussion on December 27 after the Congress agreed to participate in the debate.

The fresh Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17 to replace an ordinance issued in September.