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Mohan Bhagwat demands law for Ram Mandir construction, BJP ally JD(U) says ‘wait for SC verdict’

Addressing his annual Vijaya Dashmi address, Bhagwat claimed that constructing the religious structure was necessary from the "self-esteem point of view", and would pave the way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness.

As Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s demanded for an ordinance to enable the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, the ruling BJP’s primary political ally in Bihar Janata Dal (United) said it would be more prudent to await the Supreme Court’s verdict on the matter.

Addressing his annual Vijaya Dashmi address earlier in the day, Bhagwat had sought an “appropriate and requisite” law to build the temple before “certain elements” could stall the judgment by presenting new interventions in the judicial process. He also claimed that constructing the religious structure was necessary from the “self-esteem point of view”, and would pave the way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness.

“All kinds of evidence have affirmed that there was a temple on that site, but it is yet to be allocated for construction,” he added.

This invited reactions from many political parties across India.

Janata Dal (United) general secretary KC Tyagi said his organisation was of the firm belief that the contentious issue should be resolved either by legal means or through talks between the Hindu and Muslim communities. “As the matter remains pending in the Supreme Court, we believe we should wait for the verdict instead of needlessly raking it up. And once the judgment is passed, all the parties concerned should respect it,” he added.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that no one is stopping RSS and their government from making a law for construction of Ram temple. He further added that RSS and the BJP believe in “totalitarianism” and not in the rule of law.

Meanwhile, firebrand Hindu leader Pravin Togadia took a swipe at RSS and questioned why such a law was not enacted in the last four and a half years of BJP rule. He also said that the right-wing Hindutva outfit is raking up the issue as elections are around the corner. Togadia had quit the Vishwa Hindu Parishad earlier this year now heads the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad.

During his 80-minute speech, Bhagwat also spoke about other issues like “urban maoism” and the need to secure and strengthen the country’s borders, PTI reported.

The RSS chief said that sangh has been associated with sentiments of crores of people in the efforts for construction of a magnificent Ram temple at the birthplace of Lord Rama.

Bhagwat also added that few elements have a game plan to stall the judgement (of the Supreme Court) by presenting various newer interventions in the judicial process.

Earlier this month, Mr Bhagwat had warned opposition parties against openly opposing the Ram Temple because it enjoyed the support of most Indians.

The Ayodhya case is currently before the Supreme Court and the next hearing is scheduled for October 29.

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