With the Supreme Court suggestion for an amicable solution to the Ram Mandir issue, the temple controversy has once again come to the fore. Following the historic victory of BJP in Uttar Pradesh and the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as new state chief minister, it was expected that the saffron party would take up the issue once again in a new way.
The SC suggestion today has opened a new door for the solution of the crisis. However, one question in connection with the matter is not about how, but when? Another pertinent question is: Will the two contesting groups be able to reach an agreement? This will, however, require some compromise from both groups.
Interestingly, BJP leaders, especially Subramanian Swamy has always been confident in the last few months that the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will become a reality soon. In fact, the BJP MP, who is also fighting the case in the apex court, had even predicted the date by which Ayodhya will get a Ram Temple. At least on two occasions during the recently concluded election campaign, Swamy had said the Ram Temple would become a reality by the festival of lights, Diwali, which comes around November.
While talking to Aaj Tak in February, Swamy had said: “Once the court says, let us start hearing, then it will not take more than six weeks. I hope that by Ram Navami or Diwali, the temple will be ready.”
Swamy said the same confidently during a TV debate on News 24. When asked about the date with which BJP will set up Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Swamy had said it will be ready by Diwali this year.”
During the campaign, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar had even went on to say, “Development has been done in the region, employment, education has also been provided, but without Ram Mandir everything is useless. The people of Ayodhya want Ram Mandir and it will be constructed.”
Muslim advocates are ignoramuses when they say I have nothing to do with this matter. Read what PVN writes pic.twitter.com/IziZzo3RWW
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) March 21, 2017
Union Minister PP Chaudhary today said, “Government is always ready and encourages mediation. We encourage negotiations and mediations, even pre-litigation mediation and post-litigation mediation.” Welcoming the SC suggestion to solve the issue by mediation, he said, “What mediation can do, cannot be done by judgement. Both the parties are happy in case of mediation but in case of judgement, one party is happy while the other is not.”
Union Culture minister Mahesh Sharma the apex court’s suggestion was a “big initiative”. He also requested all contesting groups to “respect the court” and solve the matter through negotiations.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: “The Supreme Court has called for an out-of-court settlement between the aggrieved parties. The parties should resolve the issue amicably by talking to each other…We welcome this step and I believe they should have talks outside the court.”
(With agency inputs)