The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear BJP’ Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea for urgent hearing on the Ayodhya matter next week. Swamy has been quite vocal about the Ayodhya and Ram Mandir issue and in the past had said that since the Ram Mandir was a part of BJP’s election manifesto, it could not be ignored. He had said that it was the party’s duty to the people to deliver on that promise. Swamy had admitted that the matter could not be solved with force and hence had urged the Supreme court to take action as the matter had been pending for 6 years.
Speaking to reporters in October, Swamy had said that it was high time that the matter was heard and disposed of. He had informed the media that he had already filed an application to the SC on the matter and urged the court to issue a notice to the government. The Rajya Sabha MP had also said that it was important to focus on three issues- that is corruption, development and the Ram Temple- to win the elections in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. “Development is necessary to win the election in the nation but it is not everything. To win the elections, it is important to focus on our priority. The conspiracy played against us in the past was to divide the Hindus and unite the minorities. But this time we will do just the opposite, we will unite the Hindus and will divide the minorities as much as possible,” Swamy had told reporters.
Swami had filed a petition and had claimed that a mosque could be shifted to any other place as per the prevalent practices in many countries, whereas, in hs opinion, a temple, that has once been constructed cannot be touched. Swami, in his petition, says that a temple and a masjid could not be considered on par in sacredness as the latter is not an important art of Islam which he claimed was according to the majority judgement of a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court. He had also mentioned in the petition that according to the House of Lords, UK (1991), a temple would remain to be a temple irrespective of the condition it is in.