DE­MAND RIS­ING FOR BUILD­ING RAM TEM­PLE

Sev­eral groups are gear­ing up to mo­bilise mass sup­port to force the BJP-led NDA gov­ern­ment to is­sue an or­di­nance to fa­cil­i­tate the con­struc­tion of the Ram tem­ple.

The Sunday Guardian - - Front Page - NAVTAN KU­MAR NEW DELHI

The BJP-led NDA gov­ern­ment is un­der tremen­dous pres­sure to bring in an or­di­nance in the forth­com­ing win­ter ses­sion of Par­lia­ment, fa­cil­i­tat­ing the con­struc­tion of a Ram tem­ple at Ay­o­d­hya. Hindu or­gan­i­sa­tions have upped the ante, ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to act fast in this di­rec­tion, in­stead of wait­ing for a Supreme Court ver­dict.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, there is con­sid­er­able “un­ease” within the Bharatiya Janata Party as pres­sure is mount­ing not only from party lead­ers but also from sym­pa­this­ers, who have been sup­port­ing the party for long. “Many sit­ting MPs of the party are ner­vous as to what they will tell the peo­ple when they go to their con­stituen­cies be­fore the Lok Sabha polls, seek­ing re-elec­tion. The party and the gov­ern­ment did vir­tu­ally noth­ing in the more than four years in power in this re­gard, ex­cept for re­peat­ing that they would abide by the court ver­dict,” they ex­plained.

Th­ese MPs have con­veyed their feed­back to the top brass about the per­cep­tion build­ing at the grass­roots that the BJP did not show any sin­cer­ity or com­mit­ment to the Ram tem­ple is­sue, de­spite en­joy­ing a ma­jor­ity in the Lok Sabha and a near­ma­jor­ity in the Ra­jya Sabha. “There is dis­ap­point­ment even among hard­core BJP sym­pa­this­ers, who feel that the rul­ing party should have taken pro-ac­tive steps on an is­sue which helped it grow in strength from two to 282 mem­bers in the Lok Sabha,” the sources said.

Though the BJP ad­mits that there is a “strong pub­lic sen­ti­ment” in favour of build­ing a grand Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya, it says, “as of now, it is not im­mi­nent”. Whereas, lawyers be­lieve that the gov­ern­ment is well within its right to bring in an or­di­nance and that just be­cause the mat­ter is sub-ju­dice can­not be an im­ped­i­ment to the said pur­pose.

To build pres­sure, Ma­haman­dalesh­war Swami Satyami­tranand Giri of Bharat Mata Mandir has threat­ened to sit on a fast unto death at Har ki Pauri in Harid­war, from 6 De­cem­ber on­wards, the an­niver­sary of the de­mo­li­tion of the dis­puted struc­ture at Ay­o­d­hya in 1992. This comes soon af­ter Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) chief Mo­han Bhag­wat “ad­vised” the gov­ern­ment to bring in an or­di­nance and Hindu seers and saints asked

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