As the debate over Ram Temple construction on the disputed land in Ayodhya heats up, BJP chief Amit Shah has reiterated that the party’s commitment to the construction is “non-negotiable”.
While answering a question about the delay in bringing a legislation for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Shah said that the matter is currently pending in the Supreme Court. “Let’s wait until it is heard in January,” Shah was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
He further attacked the Opposition claiming that the case has been pending in the apex court for nine years. Shah also said that the Congress has been wanting to postpone it even while the “lawyers of Ram Lalla” have insisted on taking it up as a priority. “We are expecting a favourable judgement and let us wait,” the party chief was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, the extremist Hindutva organisation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has said that they will announce a date for the start of construction of the Temple. BJP’s ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was also in Ayodhya to push the argument for Ram Temple and urge the Centre to bring an ordinance in the Winter Session. Thackeray also said the government of BJP “may not last” if they do not build a Ram Mandir.
“The construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is not a political issue. Shri Ram is the deity for entire India, Thackeray would get his blessings too,” BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis said earlier. The BJP, however, has claimed that it will abide by the Supreme Court and wait for the judgement on the issue. Furthermore, Shah also clarified that there is no rift between Shiv Sena and BJP on the issue. “About Shiv Sena, we are two different parties although we are in an alliance,” he said.