The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today hinted at a fresh “mass agitation” akin to 1992 for constructing a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. “We are confident that the Ram Mandir will be built soon… We have already waited too long for it and cannot wait indefinitely… If necessary, we shall launch a ‘jan andolan’ (mass agitation),” declared RSS General Secretary (Sarakaryavyah) Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi.
While addressing the media at the end of a three-day national executive body meeting in Thane district, he termed the top court’s decision to defer the hearing on the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid dispute on the grounds that it was not a priority as an “insult” to the Hindu sentiments. He urged the courts to take up sensitive cases like the Ram temple on priority and expressed confidence that all legal hurdles would be removed soon in this regard.
Joshi reiterated the RSS demand that the government should consider enacting a law or promulgating an ordinance to pave the way for constructing the temple. He asserted that a legal sanction is required to pave way for the construction of the temple. The wait for the court’s verdict has been too long. Since the matter was listed (for hearing) on October 29, he said that they felt Hindus would get good news before Diwali.
But, he dplored that the Supreme Court refused to hear the matter and deferred the hearing. The court also said their priorities were different when asked when the verdict would come. While observing “we have our own priorities”, the top court on October 29 had ordered listing of appeals before an “appropriate bench” in the first week of January 2019 to fix a date for a hearing.
Bhaiyyaji Joshi said it was a matter of pain and anguish that an issue so close to the Hindus is not on the priority list of the court. “We expected the court to decide on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue taking into consideration the sentiments of the Hindu community,” he said, adding, “Hindus are feeling insulted.”
He said that even said the Supreme Court should base its verdict on the public sentiment. “Ram sab ke hriday mein rehte hain par wo prakat hote hain mandiron ke dwara. Hum chahte hain ki mandir bane. Kaam mein kuch baadhaein awashya hain aur hum apeksha kar rahe hain ki nyalalya Hindu bhavnaon ko samajh ke nirnay dega (Ram lives in our hearts but is accessible to people through temples. We want the temple to be built. Though there are hindrances in the path, we hope the Supreme Court would consider Hindu sentiments before reaching verdict),” he added.