RSS: Supreme Court decision an insult to Hindus – Eeshanpriya M.S.

Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Eeshanpriya M.S.Joshi said the RSS was “upset” with the delay in the Supreme Court’s verdict. “We expected a positive development before Diwali, but the court has indefinitely prolonged it,” he said. “If it is not on top of the Supreme Court’s priority list, it is an insult to the Hindu community.” – Eeshanpriya M.S.

The Supreme Court must understand the sentiments of Hindus across India and fast-track its decision on the Ram temple dispute, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said on Friday.

The RSS, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ideological parent, also threatened a mass agitation like the one that took place in 1992—before the demolition of the Babri Masjid—to ensure the temple is built. It said the BJP government will have to, at some point, consider bringing in an ordinance to resolve the temple dispute.

Shiv Sena, the BJP’s ally at the Centre and in Maharashtra, was quick to respond to RSS’ statement, asking it to topple the Narendra Modi government for failing to construct the temple at Ayodhya. “If you [the RSS] feel the need for an agitation, despite having a strong government in place, why don’t you pull down this government?” Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.

“A majority government with a particular political ideology is in power,” Thackeray said. “Despite this, if the temple could not be built, the government has no reason to be in power.”

The Sena has been consistently taking on the BJP for not fulfilling its poll promise of constructing the temple. The party has been demanding that the Centre brings in an ordinance, instead of waiting for the Supreme Court’s verdict. Thackeray, in an attempt to put pressure on the BJP, is also going to visit Ayodhya on November 25.

“The issue of the Ram temple was sidetracked after this government came to power. It was only after the Sena took up the issue again and insisted on the construction of the temple did the RSS feel the need for an agitation ,” Thackeray said on Friday.

Earlier in the day, the RSS general secretary Joshi however, said he welcomed Thackeray’s Ayodhya visit. “We believe all those who speak in favour of the Ram Mandir stand united with us,” he said.

Joshi said the RSS was “upset” with the delay in the Supreme Court’s verdict. “We expected a positive development before Diwali, but the court has indefinitely prolonged it,” he said. “The faith of crores of Hindus is linked to the issue. If it is not on top of the Supreme Court’s priority list, it is an insult to the Hindu community.”

Joshi said the BJP, too, was “serious” about the Ram temple issue. On the RSS beginning an agitation, Joshi said there were restrictions on such activities as the case was pending in court.

100-metre Ram Statue in Uttar Pradesh

Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has prepared a plan for Ayodhya. He will give good news to the people regarding temple on Diwali. Yogi will disclose his plan during visit to the temple town during the Deepotsav celebrations (November 6).”

Yogi is also likely to announce the construction of the grand statue of Ram. The state government plans to build the 100-metre tall statue at a cost of Rs 330 crore. It will be installed on a 36-metre high pedestal near the bank of the river, a senior BJP leader said.

After the Supreme Court on October 29 declined to allow the UP government’s plea for an early hearing in the matter, the chief minister had said, “If justice is given in time, it is appreciated as fair but when delayed it is equivalent to injustice.” – Hindustan Times, 3 November 2018

»  Eeshanpriya M.S. is a senior journalist with the Hindustan Times in Mumbai.

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray


 

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2 Responses

  1. Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti

    Construction of Ram temple to begin in December on basis of mutual consensus, says VHP leader – Express News Service – New Delhi – November 3, 2018

    Days after the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) suggested the Union government make a law for building the Ram temple in Ayodhya, former BJP MP and senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ram Vilas Vedanti Saturday said that the Ram temple will be built by neither legislation nor ordinance but by a mutual consensus.

    Vedanti claimed that he will start construction of the Ram temple in December, adding that it will be built in Ayodhya and a mosque can be built in Lucknow in the name of Allah. Vedanti was expressing his views on the issue at the two-day “Dharmadesh” organised by Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti.

    Vedanti said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, party ministers, MPs and MLAs want the temple to be built, “but if legislation will be brought in and passed, no one will be able to stop communal violence.” he said, adding, “We do not want violence. We want peace.”

    Swami Vivekananda of Uttarakhand called PM Modi as ‘Ram ka avtaar‘ (reincarnation of Ram) and said that it would be surprising if the temple is not built during his regime. Presenting the agenda of the meeting, Ramanandacharya Swami Hansdevacharya said that the central government should make way for Ram temple construction in the line of Somnath temple. He said that discussion would be done on the need of a policy for population, identification of infiltrators, their deportation and the need of National Register for Citizens (NRC) in all the states across the country. He went on to add that giving employment to “infiltrators” and issuing them caste certificates was like sedition and action should be taken against those officers involved in such acts.

  2. Justice Chelameswar

    Legislation On Ram Temple Possible: Justice Chelameswar At Congress Event – Press Trust of India – New Delhi – November 03, 2018

    On a day when the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh declared that an ordinance could be brought for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, former Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar said that such a possibility cannot be ruled out.

    Justice (retired) Chelameswar said on Friday that the government could bring a law for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya even when the dispute is before the Supreme Court, as there have been instances of the court’s decisions being scuttled by the legislative process.

    The former judge made this statement while responding to a question at an interactive session hosted by the All India Professionals’ Congress, an organisation affiliated to the Congress party, in Mumbai. Thiruvananthapuram lawmaker Shashi Tharoor is chairman of the outfit and Congress leader Milind Deora is deputy chairman.

    “Legally if it can happen (or not) is one aspect. Whether it will happen (or not) is another. I’m aware of instances that happened in the past where decisions of the Supreme Court were scuttled by the legislative process,” he said.

    He cited the example of the Karnataka assembly passing a law to overturn the Supreme Court order on the Cauvery water dispute and another similar instance related to inter-state water dispute between Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana.

    “The nation should have opened up to these things much earlier…. This (a law on Ram temple) is possible as we did not stop it then,” he said.

    Earlier this year, Justice Chelameswar was among four senior judges of the Supreme Court who went public with their objections about the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s style of functioning. Current Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was also among the judges.

    The RSS on Friday said that Hindus were feeling “insulted” by the Supreme Court’s declaration that the Ayodhya issue is not a priority and insisted that an ordinance would be needed if all options run out.

    After a three-day RSS conclave in Maharashtra, its general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the organisation “will not hesitate to launch an agitation for Ram temple, if needed, but since the matter is in the Supreme Court, there are restrictions.”

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