Nagpur : The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Thursday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre for the delay in construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.
Speaking at an event in Nagpur, senior RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi said that the Ram Mandir is not a matter of just an addition of a temple. “The construction of Ram Mandir is not just an addition of one temple. It is the matter of the country’s conscience, of crores of people… There are thousands of temples but this is a matter of a larger faith.”
In an indirect jibe over the delay in construction of the temple, the RSS veteran said: “after the temple gets constructed in 2025, the country’s progress will move further ahead”. “After the Somnath temple was constructed in 1952, the country’s development gathered pace. When the temple will get constructed on Ram janmabhoomi in 2025, this progress will gather further momentum… With the construction of the temple in Ayodhya, India will reap its returns for 150 years to come,” Joshi said.
The Supreme Court of India had on January 10 deferred the hearing on the Ram temple issue to January 29 after Justice UU Lalit recused himself. As a result, the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-led bench deferred the hearing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on January 1 said that an ordinance on the Ram Mandir will be considered after all necessary legal processes are over, clearing the rumours on the expected deadline for the temple.
“Let the judicial process be over. After it is over, whatever will be our responsibility as the government, we are ready to make all efforts (for it),” Modi had said.
Last week, PM Modi blamed the Congress for delaying the Ram temple solution by impeding the judicial process. “The Congress does not want a resolution of the Ayodhya issue,” Modi had said.
Earlier this month, International Hindu Parishad president Pravin Togadia accused PM Modi of making “tall promises” and “betraying” the people of India. “Tall promises were made before coming to power. Neither was the Ram temple built by bringing an ordinance in Parliament nor were the assured two crore jobs provided every year to the youth,” Togadia said, according to a .
Right-wing group Vishva Hindu Parishad also escalated its attack on the BJP government and said that Hindus cannot wait till eternity for a temple at Ram janmabhoomi.