RSS Rank And File Unhappy Over The Attempts Made By The BJP On Ram Temple


New Delhi: Workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliate organisations is not happy with efforts made by the Bharatiya Janata Party in terms of a legislation that will enable the building of Ram Temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi site.

Thus far, a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from the Rajya Sabha Rakesh Sinha has said he will move a private member’s bill on the temple, a few ministers not connected with the issue have commented on the possibility of a law or the need for one, and top government functionaries addressing a background briefing last week emphasised the fact that the government has the power to bring about a law to the effect.

According to the RSS functionaries, at several meetings after the Supreme Court decided to defer the hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi case to January, the organisation’s cadre pushed their top leadership to take up the matter with the government, saying the decision could not be left to the top court.

“There was unanimity on the need to move the issue from the domain of the judiciary to a parliamentary forum. The cadre relayed to the top brass that the government’s ambiguity on the issue and waiting for the court decision, which seemed endless would prove counterproductive for the Sangh as well as for the BJP’s electoral fortunes,” said one senior functionary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

While the BJP has, in recent weeks especially, sought to bring the temple issue to the forefront – at a meeting in Lucknow recently, the party decided this would be one of its key issues for the coming polls – it has steered clear of any firm commitment about a legislation to build the temple.

The Sangh functionaries say their people see this as the government dragging its feet on the issue. “The mood on the ground suggests that the Bharatiya Janata Party does not gain anything by not pushing for the construction of the temple.

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