As the BJP top brass led by Narendra Modi gears up for the grand swearing-in ceremony tomorrow, the saffron party’s ideological parent RSS once again said that construction of ‘Ram Mandir’ is a prime agenda and must be completed. The comments were made by none other than Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat. Addressing an event at Rajasthan’s Udaipur, Bhagawt said that the responsibility of Ram Mandir has been ‘given to someone and we are closely watching it.’ According to a report by The Hindu, Bhagwat was quited as saying, “Ram ka kaam karna hai, Ram ka kaam ho kar hi rahega.”
On the day of verdict when the results showed that the BJP won stunning 303 seats in the Lok Sabha Elections, the RSS had said that, "Crores of people of Bharat are fortunate to have once again a stable government," he said.
"Many compliments to each and everyone who have contributed to this victory of democracy. The spirit and ideal of democracy have once again been established for the world to witness," Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said in a statement.
It should be noted that the panel ordered by the Supreme Court has been granted time till August 15 to submit its report on the issue. The mediation panel headed by Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim (FMI) Kalifulla had sought time extension to find and an amicable solution of the politically-sensitive issue.
During the hearing, that barely lasted for three minutes, a five-judge constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi agreed to the panel's demand, saying that there was no harm in giving them more time as the case has been pending for many years.
"If the mediators are optimistic about the result and are seeking time till August 15, what is the harm in granting time? This issue has been pending for years and years. Why should we not grant time," the CJI said.
The bench also comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer told the counsel appearing for the parties that the progress made by the mediation panel will remain confidential and not be shared with them.
"we're not going to tell you what progress has been made, that’s confidential," the Supreme Court said.
On March 8, the Supreme Court had constitued a three-member mediation panel comprising Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim (FMI) Kalifulla, Senior advocate Sriram Panchu and Sri Sri RaviShankar to find an amicable solution to the decades old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babari Masjid title dispute.
The top court had asked them to submit their first status report in four weeks and final report for the ‘permanent solution’ in two months. The decision was taken by the five-judge Constitution Bench while hearing a bunch of petitions against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be divided equally among the three parties—the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.