Slamming the BJP government at the centre, RSS on Sunday questioned why an act cannot be passed for the construction of a grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya while a huge statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel can be built in Gujarat.
Addressing a public rally, senior Sangh leader Dattatreya Hosabale said, “Though a separate bench has been formed by the Supreme Court, which is hearing the Ayodhya title suits, no decision has been taken yet on the pending issue.”
His words were: “If Sardar Patel’s statue can be erected on the banks of the Narmada river (in Gujarat), why an act cannot be passed to build a giant Ram temple?”
The rally was organised jointly by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and some regional religious outfits with a motive to press their demand of construction of the Ram Mandir.
Hosabale said,”Former PM PV Narasimha Rao while speaking before SC had stated that if the archaeological survey finds remains of a temple (at the site), the land would be made available for the temple. The excavation has found remains of the temple, but the court now says that this decision is not on its priority list.”
In his annual Vijaya Dashmi rally in Nagpur this October, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had demanded a law to pave the way for construction of the temple in Ayodhya.
On 29 October,SC fixed the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute cases for the first week of January 2019 before an appropriate bench, which will decide the schedule of hearing.
Many Hindu organisations have been demanding construction of the Ram Mandir, as promised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before coming to power in 2014.
A three-judge bench of the Allahabad high court had in 2010 ordered that the 2.77 acres of the disputed land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
Atleast 14 appeals have been filed against the high court judgment.