Shiv Sena asks Mohan Bhagwat to announce date of Ram temple construction – Zee Media

Mohan Bhagwat & Narendra Modi

Ram Lalla VirajmanThe  Saamana editorial said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the “courage” to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya and that his popularity will only increase once he takes the issue in his hands.

Welcoming RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on construction of a Ram temple during his lifetime, the Shiv Sena on Saturday said he should announce a date for its commencement.

“We welcome the stand taken by Mohan Bhagwat on the issue. He should now announce a date for the commencement of the Ram temple in Ayodhya to give an impetus to the issue…. If a temple cannot be built there despite the bloodshed that happened over the issue, what about the hundreds of people who sacrificed their lives for the cause,” the Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana.

It said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the “courage” to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya and that his popularity will only increase once he takes the issue in his hands.

“To show that it is not only the minorities who are pampered by the government, construction of a Ram temple is a necessity…. If it is not built now, it can never be built,” it said.

“This issue cannot be prolonged anymore. It needs to be finished now. The blood that has been shed over the issue should not be disrespected,” the Sena, which is an NDA constituent, said.

The editorial also alleged that those demanding the construction of the Ram mandir in Ayodhya are today being targeted and treated like the terrorist Ajmal Kasab.

 Ram Kothari & Sharad Kothari Expressing hope that the proposed Ram mandir will be built at Ayodhya in his lifetime, Bhagwat had earlier said it needs a careful planning.

“The temple will be built within my lifetime. May be, we will see it with our own eyes. None can say when and how the temple will be constructed, but we need to be prepared and ready,” Bhagwat said while addressing a programme in Kolkata to pay tributes to brothers Ram Kothari and Sharad Kothari who were killed in police firing while performing the kar seva at Ayodhya in 1990.

“We need to plan it carefully. A good mix of josh (passion) and hosh (sanity) is needed to complete the work which Ram and Sharad had initiated,” he added.

However, the Shiv Sena had earlier warned the RSS to not politicise the issue and to announce the date of the construction of the temple right away.

“We also want that the Ram mandir should be constructed but they should give a definite timeframe for the same. The elections in Uttar Pradesh are approaching. If the Ram mandir is made a political issue, the people won`t forgive us. The people should not be deceived on this matter,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said. – Zee News, 5 December 2015

Makeshift Sri Ram Lalla Temple in Ayodhya

Proposed Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya


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  1. Uddhav Thackeray & Devendra Fadnavis

    Sena plans to corner BJP on Ram temple promise – Vinaya Deshpande – Sunday Guardian – Mumbai – 6 December, 2015

    Mandir wahin banaenge, taareekh kab bataenge? (When will you finally tell the date when you will build the promised temple?)”, is the question Shiv Sena will ask its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today. Marking 6 December as Sankalp Diwas, the BJP’s ally in Maharashtra plans to corner the national party over its promise of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Also on cards is a rathyatra in Uttar Pradesh to be held in January next year.

    “We will put up banners in the north Indian states, posing this question to the BJP. Also, our Uttar Pradesh and Bihar units will mark Sankalp Diwas by taking an oath to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya. On 23 January, we will start a rathyatra in Uttar Pradesh to awaken Hindus and to mount political pressure on the government,” Vinay Shukla, North India in-charge of Sena, told The Sunday Guardian. He has the responsibility of Sena affairs in six states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

    The Sena has units in 52 districts in Uttar Pradesh. In Bihar, it has 75 district units.
    Sena leaders say that the BJP seems to have forgotten its promise of building a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. “Since the Babri Masjid was demolished on 6 December 1992, the Shiv Sena has always marked the day as a day of courage. But this is the first time we will mark it as Sankalp Diwas. This means, we are duty-bound by the mandate given by the people of India to build a Ram temple there,” Shukla said.
    The Sena has been taking an antagonistic stand against the BJP both in Maharashtra and at the Centre. “We are showing the mirror to the government. We will not sit quietly in power to enjoy the fruits of government. We have to ensure that the government reaches out to the people and fulfils its promises,” Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said during the launch of the report cards of Sena ministers in the Maharashtra government.

    At a separate function held at Ravindra Natya Mandir here, the Shiv Sena celebrated its completion of one year in the Maharashtra government. It was last month that the Maharashtra government completed one year in office. But in this separate function this week in Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray indicated that the Sena would leave the alliance. He declared that the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra would be a Shiv Sainik. “He will be polite, people-friendly. He will move around in the state. He won’t roam outside the state (with reference to Devendra Fadnavis’ foreign visits),” he said.


    The Shiv Sena leaders said the BJP needs to at least start a dialogue on the way ahead for a Ram temple. “Engage with the people. Ask them if there is any solution to the issue. Ask them what they want. You cannot just say that the matter is sub-judice. An out-of-court settlement is always possible. Start the dialogue process at least. Be honest. If you can talk with Pakistan to fight terrorism, then why not talk to your own countrymen and women about the temple issue?” Shukla asked.

    The Sena has asked why the BJP has changed its stance on the matter. Pointing out that the Prime Minister had said that the temple issue can wait until 2019, the leaders asked why temple and development cannot go hand in hand. “Why does the temple issue have to wait till the 2019 Parliamentary elections? What if you are not voted to power after that? Right now, you are in power, talk about it. Will constructing the temple hurt the country’s development? These are two different and unrelated things. The BJP should realise that it has won the people’s mandate due to the promises it has made. Now is the time to deliver on these promises,” Shukla said.

    The party has said that since the BJP has failed to deliver, it will go to the people of Uttar Pradesh and ask if they want a temple in the state.

  2. Ayodhya Excavation Graphic

    Bajrang Dal renews Ram temple campaign on Babri anniversary – Vikas Pathak – The Hindu – 6 December 2015

    Bajrang Dal to observe Babri anniversary as ‘valour day’.

    Bajrang Dal will observe the 23rd anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition on Sunday as “Shourya Divas” (Valour Day). While the organisation has been observing the day all these years, the context of the recent death of Ashok Singhal, leader of the VHP, its parent organisation, and the Sangh Parivar’s reiteration of its commitment to build a Ram temple as the “true” tribute to him, has made the event, otherwise “routine”, acquire greater symbolic importance.

    Nationwide programmes

    There will be programmes across the country, including at Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya, where the mosque stood till December 6, 1992.

    Fireworks, processions, recitation of Hanuman Chalisa and a pledge in support of the temple are part of the celebration, VHP leader Vinod Bansal said.

    Mr. Bansal said “Shourya Divas” had helped the organisation “pay tribute” to those who contributed to the Ram temple movement and inform the youth about it to have a future supply of sympathisers for the cause.

    VHP wants law to build Ram temple

    The VHP has reiterated that the Centre should get a law passed by Parliament or promulgate an ordinance to pave the way for a Ram temple at Ayodhya.

    “Four rounds of talks have failed as the rival party ran away from them. Now the one way out is to build a Ram temple the way the Somnath temple was rebuilt after Independence. The government should pass a Bill in Parliament or bring an ordinance for the same,” VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain told The Hindu. “This would be a true homage to the late Ashok Singhal,” he said.

    • Pleas on Ayodhya lie frozen in time – Krishnadas Rajagopal – The Hindu – 6 December 2015

      Case records date back to the 16th century and are in several languages, including Arabic.

      As voices for Ram Temple gain momentum, chances that an overburdened Supreme Court will speed up and start hearing a batch of appeals on Lord Ram’s exact birthplace in the volatile Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi dispute looks rather slim.

      The most pertinent problem the Supreme Court faces in the case is neither mythological nor legal. It is practical and time-consuming. The litigation has records dating back to the 16th Century and written in several languages, including Arabic and Persian. They all have to be translated into English for the court. The High Court judgment itself is 8,000 pages.

      But the apex court is in no hurry. In a recent hearing this year, a bench led by Justice T.S. Thakur (now Chief Justice of India) said it would probably take another 10 years for the matter to come up.

      “Someday or the other, the case (civil appeal) will be heard. Even after 10 or 15 years whenever matter comes up, one has to proceed in methodical manner. We don’t have any policy (particular line of opinion) in the case,” Justice Thakur had observed. The apex court has currently over 55,000 pending cases.

      The appeals filed by the Sunni Waqf Board and other parties five years ago challenge the September 30, 2010 verdict of a three-judge Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court that Hindus have the right to the makeshift temple under the central dome of the Babri Masjid. The Bench had relied on Hindu faith, belief and folklore to decide.

      Justices Sudhir Agarwal and Justice D.V. Sharma on the High Court Bench had concluded in their separate judgments that Lord Ram, son of King Dashrath, was born within the 1,482.5 square yards of the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid premises over 900,000 years ago during the Treta Yuga. Justice Sharma added that the “world knows” where Ram’s birthplace is.

      The third judge, Justice S.U. Khan, said his finding was an “informed guess” based on “oral evidences of several Hindus and some Muslims” that the precise birthplace of Ram is under the central dome.

      The appeals also question the High Court’s decision to order the partition of the disputed site equally among the Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla, on the hope that a decree for partition and separate possession of the land would prevent further litigation in the Ayodhya dispute.

      In May 2011, during a preliminary hearing of the appeals, everything about the Allahabad High Court judgment left the Supreme Court puzzled.

      The apex court bench of Justices (retired) Aftab Alam and R.M. Lodha described the High Court judgment fixing Lord Ram’s birthplace as a sheer “leap of faith” transgressing into the mythological realm.

      But the High Court Bench seemed to have anticipated such a reaction from the apex court, saying that just because there is no evidence to something does not mean that something does not exist. The Supreme Court would now have to decide how much of mythology it would accept as evidence on Lord Ram’s birthplace.

      The SC Bench had in 2011 also stayed the partition of disputed site while questioning the wisdom of the Lucknow Bench to go ahead and order it without anyone asking for it.

      “The suits have been for declaration (of titles), possession or injunction. None of the parties had prayed for partition. This is surprising,” Justice Lodha had remarked in court that day.

      • Obviously the Supreme Court has no plans to settle the matter soon.

        It is also not the responsibility of the Supreme Court to decide when and where Sri Rama was born. The question for the court to decide is whether there was a temple at the place where the Babri Masjid was raised by Babur’s general, and whether it was demolished to raise the masjid.

        The ASI and other authorities have shown beyond a doubt that there was a temple and that is was demolished and replaced by the Babri Masjid.

        So the matter is settled without the court (though the Allahabad court has accepted the ASI’s findings).

        So the responsibility lies with government to either promulgate an ordinance or get a law passed in parliament.

        As government will not want the responsibility of promulgating an ordinance on this particular issue, and will argue that it does not have sufficient votes in parliament to get a law passed, nothing will get done.

        So nothing will get done.

        Are we surprised?

  3. Archaeological Dept of the Govt. should carry out survey of all monuments and structures, to be presented to the Parliament and confirmed, and based upon this procedure, the concerned community would have the right to proceed.

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