On RSS Chief Changes Stance, Not To Wait For Apex Court order, Demands Legislation For Constructing Ram Temple


New Delhi: Barely six months away from the Lok Sabha elections in the country, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NationalDemocratic Alliance (NDA) government to consider introducing legislation for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, cautioning that it was “in nobody’s interest to test the patience of the society without any reason.”

Bhagwat’s comments drew flak from critics of the RSS who linked the timing to key state elections at the year-end leading up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The demand for the legislation, earlier made by RSS affiliate Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), is in contrast to the Sangh’s earlier stance of waiting for a Supreme Court decision on the issue. The top court is expected to start hearing the main Ayodhya title suit from October 29, after it declined to refer to a larger bench the “questionable observation” in its 1994 verdict that a “mosque is not an essential part of the practice of Islam”.

“This matter of national interest is being obstructed by some fundamentalist elements and forces that play communal politics for selfish gains. Despite such machinations, the decision regarding ownership of the land should be expedited, and the government should clear the path for construction of the grand temple through appropriate and requisite law,” Bhagwat said, delivering the annual Vijaydashami speech in Nagpur. RSS is the ideological fount of the ruling BJP.

Bhagwat minced no words in blaming political parties for politicising the Ram Temple’s construction on the disputed site in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid once stood, and which Hindu organisations say marks the birthplace of Lord Ram. If it weren’t for political machinations, the temple would have been constructed a long time ago, he said.

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