Defying Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) demand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday refused to bring a special Ordinance for the construction of Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. In an interview with news agency ANI, the prime minister made it clear that Ordinance on Ram Temple will be considered only after legal process gets over. “Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever will be our responsibility as the government, we are ready to make all efforts,” the prime minister said when asked whether his government would consider the demand of an Ordinance on Ram Temple by his party’s ideological patriarch RSS.
As 2019 Lok Sabha elections are approaching the nation, the demand for the construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya gained momentum with Hindu hard-line groups the RSS, the VHP and their other allies making strongest push. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat himself had demanded the government to bring a low for the construction of Ram Temple.
When asked if the Temple issue was relegated as merely an emotive issue for the BJP, the prime minister said, “We have said in our BJP manifesto that a solution would be found to this issue under the ambit of the Constitution.”
The issue of Ayodhya dispute is slated to be heard by the Supreme Court on January 4. Several petitions filed before the top court have sought a day-to-day hearing in the case.
When asked if the government can bring Ordinance on triple talaq, why the same step was not being considered for the Ram Temple issue, Modi said, “The Triple Talaq Ordinance was brought after the Supreme Court verdict.”