On Tuesday, Babri Masjid litigant Iqbal Ansari said that he is in support of the demand to bring a legislation to build the Ram Mandir on the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. Ansari said that he has no problem with the government bringing an ordinance to construct the Ram Temple. Ansari further said that he just wants the politics over the temple to end.
He told ANI, “We have no objection if an ordinance is brought for the construction of Ram Mandir. If bringing an ordinance will be good for the country, bring it. We are law-abiding citizens, we will obey every law.”
Ansari’s remarks have come at a time when there is huge public demand for the urgent pronouncement of a decision in Ayodhya case. A section of Hindu seers and saints are demanding that the incumbent BJP led NDA government must bring an ordinance in the Parliament for the early construction of the Ram Temple. This month, the Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti, an umbrella body of Hindu seers, directed the government to bring in legislation or go for an ordinance route in order to construct the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The Times Now has quoted Iqbal Ansari saying, “If the government wants to bring a Ram Mandir law, I have no problem with that. I have no problem with the BJP government also, in fact, I am happy with their work. However, I have a problem with politicians who come here to protest for political gains. The matter is still in the Supreme Court. What will they (politicians) do if something untoward happens here in their rallies here?”
Chief priest of the Ram Temple, Swami Satendra Das also welcomed Ansari’s statement. Das said, “I welcome Iqbal Ansari’s decision and it is time that the government brings in the Ram Mandir law and starts the construction. Iqbal Ansari’s father Hashim Ansari wanted to come to a compromise but unfortunately, it didn’t materialise. So, it is good that Iqbal Ansari has come onboard to support the construction of Ram Mandir. I hope the government now steps up their efforts to build the Ram Mandir.”
On October 29, the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing on Ayodhya case until January 2019. Despite the Court’s earlier promise that the hearing would be fast-tracked, the verdict of the SC was baffling. The case has been in the judiciary for a very long period of time. The first civil suit in the matter dates back to 1885. The matter has been sub-judice for 133 years and still counting.
Even after the long legal battle the resolution seems nowhere and after the verdict of 29th October, it seems that Judiciary does not consider Ram Mandir an important issue. The Ram temple issue is indeed significant as it pertains to the faith of millions of Hindus and this delay in resolution is tantamount to willfully hurting the sentiments of Hindus. The long legal delay seems unwarranted as there are multiple evidences for Ram Temple. For now, it seems ordinance is the only way towards Ram temple and the government must act before it’s too late.
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