While Congress party never dare to remember its former prime minister and who introduced economic reforms in the country, P V Narasimha Rao, controversial BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today urged the Narendra Modi government to bestow Bharat Ratna on him.
He also suggested Prime Minister Modi to resolve decades-old Ram Temple issue by simply moving ahead with the initiatives taken by PV Narasimha Rao, when he was prime minister of the country.
Swamy said that the present BJP regime was following up on the commitment of Rao government. He recalled that on September 14, 1991, P V Narasimha Rao government made a statement to Suprem Court, stating that “Govt is committed to enforce a solution..if a Hindu temple /structure did exist prior[to masjid]Govt action will support wishes of Hindu community.”
A day earlier, Swamy had hinted that the BJP should act according to the “affidavit” of the former prime minister. Swamy appeared to be referring to the ordinance that then Congress government under Rao had brought in 1993 to settle the dispute between the two parties in the case.
In January 1993, just one month after the demolition of Babri Masjid, then President Shankar Dayal Sharma had promulgated the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Ordinance. A bill was later introduced in Parliament by then Union home minister S B Chavan, which was passed and came to be known as the Ayodhya Act.
According to the Act, the Central government acquired 60.70 acre land surrounding the disputed site and planned to build “a Ram Temple and a mosque”.