Supreme Court wants basic facilities for pilgrims visiting Ayodhya – Harish V. Nair

Ram Temple on the Babri Masjid site after the demolition.

Ram Lalla Virajman“It is to be noted that Swamy had, in August this year, urged PM Narendra Modi to initiate steps to rebuild the Ram temple in Ayodhya by 2016 and ‘fulfill the party’s commitment to the electorate.'” – Harish V. Nair

The political, socio-religious and legal controversies surrounding the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid may be lingering on for 23 years after the demolition of the mosque by Hindutva forces.

But even as petitions filed by Hindu and Muslim organisations—which challenged the Allahabad High Court’s verdict of dividing the disputed site into three parts—are pending, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to provide basic facilities to pilgrims thronging the makeshift sanctum sanctorum of an idol of Ram Lalla installed at the disputed spot in 1992.

“Why some facilities cannot be given? Is there any problem? Just do something if possible till some final order is passed,” a bench of Justices Anil R. Dave and Kurian Joseph told the Uttar Pradesh government on a petition filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

Quoting a reply he has received after filing a Right To Information (RTI) application, Swamy said the Uttar Pradesh government quietly earned a whopping Rs 300 crore from pilgrims in the last 23 years.

Swamy wanted the court to issue a directive to the state government to explain what they had done with the money so far.

“Every day thousands of devotees visit the place for darshan and pooja of the Ram Lalla, but the government has not provided basic minimum facilities like drinking water or toilets to them…. The RTI reply says the government has so far earned approximate Rs 300 crore from entry tickets. Where has this money gone? What has been done with it?” asked Swamy.

Subramanian SwamySwamy wanted the apex court to issue a directive to the state government to explain what they had done with the money so far.

In his application, he had sought an order from the apex court to “ameliorate millions of Hindus who make the pilgrimage to the site of the Ram Janmabhoomi at Ayodhya, to have a darshan and perform puja”.

Swamy said the status quo order passed by the SC in 1996 was limited to prohibit building of any structure at the disputed site, but there was no bar in constructions to facilitate amenities for pilgrims visiting the place.

Justice Dave assured Swamy said he would hear the petition along with the petitions pending in the court filed in August 2011 by Ram Janmabhoomi Samiti and Sunni Waqf Board, challenging the Allahabad HC verdict of a three-way division of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-+Babri Masjid site.

The high court had directed that the controversial land of 2.77 acres at the site be divided equally among Hindus, Muslims and Nirmohi Akhara—the parties to the suit.

A Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) functionary has sought the RTI information about arrangements at the Ram Janmbhoomi Complex from the receiver of Ram Janmbhoomi and Divisional Commissioner of Faizabad.

It is to be noted that Swamy had, in August this year, urged PM Narendra Modi to initiate steps to rebuild the Ram temple in Ayodhya by 2016 and “fulfill the party’s commitment to the electorate.” – Mail Online, 7 August 2015

Ayodhya Pilgrims

One Response

  1. SC allows repairing of facilities at makeshift Ram Lalla Temple in Ayodhya – The Times of India – New Delhi – Aug 10, 2015

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed repairing of covers and providing other facilities at makeshift Ram Lalla Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

    The exercise has to be undertaken by district collector of Faizabad under the supervision of two independent observers, the SC bench said on Monday.

    Earlier, the The Supreme Court asked the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government to consider providing better amenities feasible in the present scenario to pilgrims at ‘Ram Janma Bhoomi’ site near the disputed structure at Ayodhya.

    “Let us do something. If possible, do something for the upkeep of the place and provide facilites for visitors,” a bench of Justices AR Dave and Kurian Joseph said.

    Earlier also, the court had asked the Centre to file its response to the application filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking facilities for the pilgrims.

    Swamy had submitted that pilgrims, who are devotees of Lord Rama, are deprived of even basic facilities like drinking water and toilets and face difficulty due to inadequate arrangements made by both the Centre and U P government.

    Additional solicitor general Maninder Singh said that the Centre would consider the plea made by Swamy.

    Swamy had said the status quo order passed by the apex court in 1996 was limited to prohibit building of any structure at the disputed site.

    In his application, he had sought an order from the apex court to “ameliorate the lot of millions of Hindu pilgrims who make the pilgrimage to the site of the ‘Ram Janma Bhoomi’ at Ayodhya, to have a ‘darshan’ and perform ‘pooja’.”

    (With inputs from agencies)

Comments are moderated

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: