‘Modi should Bring Bill or Or­di­nance on Ay­o­d­hya’

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: With the Supreme Court turn­ing down BJP leader Subra­ma­nian Swamy’s pe­ti­tion for an early hear­ing in the Ram tem­ple at Ay­o­d­hya case, Sangh Pari­var af­fil­i­ate Vishva Hindu Par­ishad has ap­pealed to the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment to move a bill for con­struc­tion of a grand tem­ple at the dis­puted spot or is­sue an or­di­nance.

“The Supreme Court or­der today has fur­ther strength­ened our case that this is­sue can only be re­solved through Par­lia­ment. The courts will take their own time to come out with a ver­dict on the mat­ter. Peo­ple can­not wait any longer and their pa­tience is run­ning out,” VHP joint general sec­re­tary Suren­dra Jain told ET.

Jain said the Modi gov­ern­ment should move a bill in Par­lia­ment with­out fur­ther de­lay as this ap­pears to be the only way out to re­solve the vex­a­tious Ram Janamb­hoomi-Babri Masjid dis­pute at Ay­o­d­hya. “Modi was not elected as the PM just for the sake of devel­op­ment but also for ful­fill­ing someof thecor­eis­sues.He­has­to­giveare­port­card tothevot­ersin2019 about his achieve­ments when the next Lok Sabha polls are held,” Jain said.

It is clear the BJP and its sis­ter or­gan­i­sa­tions want to rake up this is­sue in the po­lit­i­cal arena.TheSangh’s g row­ing im­pa­tience on the is­sue — along with the rak­ing up of na­tion­al­ism and the con­tro­versy over ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ — is po­lar­is­ing pol­i­tics in UP that goes to polls in April 2017.

Jain­indi­cat­edVHPhashigh­hopes­fromMo­dion theRamtem­pleis­sue.“Modi’sstyleof func­tion­ing is one of spring­ing a sur­prise ev­ery now and then. He did that as CM of Gu­jarat and is full of sur­prises even as PM. His gov­ern­ment should bring a bill on this is­sue and I am sure it will. One fine morn­ing we may hear that Modi has is­sued an or­di­nance on build­ing a Ram tem­ple there,” Jain said.

VHP main­tains that talks or a de­ci­sion by the courts are the only other ways through which the dis­pute could be re­solved but these have not borne fruit till now. “Five ef­forts at talks have been made bythree­p­rimem­i­nis­ters.Thereisno­pointin­hold­ing any more talks. As for the courts, the mat­ter is now with the apex court,” Jain said. “The day the lan­dis­hande­dover­touswewil­l­start­the­con­struc­tion. Stone carv­ing is on and the ma­te­rial is reach­ing Ay­o­d­hya with­out any hur­dles,” Jain said.

The VHP main­tained that it was the Congress and SP which com­mu­nalised the is­sue.

CORE IS­SUES

VHP’S SUREN­DRA JAIN

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