Hindu sentiments insulted.. RSS blasts SC for delay in Ram Temple

New Delhi, Nov 2: Before the 2019 elections, RSS has upped the ante for Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Launching a scathing attack on Supreme Court for postponing  the Ayodhya hearing, RSS said the Supreme Court's decision to defer hearing  was an "insult" to Hindu sentiments. RSS questioned SC's wisdom for saying that
that Ayodhya issue was  not a priority for it (Supreme Court).

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the organisation expected the apex court to decide on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue by taking into consideration the sentiments of the Hindu community as he vowed to launch an agitation if needed.

Addressing a press conference at the end of a three-day national executive body meeting of the RSS here in Thane district, Joshi said, "We expected the court to decide on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue taking into consideration the sentiments of the Hindu community."

He said the wait for the court's verdict on the long-pending issue has been too long.

"A legal sanction is required to pave way for construction of the temple. The wait for court's verdict has been too long. Since the matter was listed (for hearing) on October 29, we felt Hindus would get good news before Diwali."

"But the Supreme Court refused to hear the matter and deferred the hearing. The court also said their priorities were different, when asked when the verdict would come," Joshi said.

The RSS leader said it was a matter of pain and anguish that an issue which Hindus consider their faith and to which their sentiment is attached is not on the priority list of the court.

"Hindus are feeling insulted," he said.

Taking a tough position on Ram Temple, RSS also warned of a 1992-like agitation for construction of Ram Temple. In a veiled pressure on Narendra Modi government, RSS justified the call for ordinance for Ram Temple, saying that it was "upto the government to take the decision or not".  interestingly, the statement came hours after BJP President met RSS top brass.  

RSS on Friday hinted at a fresh "mass agitation" akin to 1992 for constructing a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

"We are confident that the Ram Mandir will be built soon… We have already waited too long for it and cannot wait indefinitely… If necessary, we shall launch a ‘jan andolan' (mass agitation)," declared RSS General Secretary (Sarakaryavyah) Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji' Joshi.

He urged the courts to take up sensitive cases like the Ram temple on priority and expressed confidence that all legal hurdles would be removed soon in this regard.

Joshi reiterated the RSS demand that the government should consider enacting a law or promulgating an ordinance to pave the way for constructing the temple.

His remarks came at the end of a three-day long RSS Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal conclave held near Uttan Beach of Bhayander town.

Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah attended the Rashtriya Swayansevak Sangh (RSS) conclave and meet its chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Shah went to the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini complex in Bhayander town where the three-day RSS Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal will end later on Friday.

Though details were not available, the BJP chief and Bhagwat were understood to have discussed wide-ranging issues including the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, upcoming Assembly elections in five states and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

On the opening day of the conclave, the RSS reiterated its demand to enact a law or promulgate an ordinance to pave the way for a speedy construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Bhagwat had first raised the demand at his customary Dussehra rally in Nagpur on October 18.
News24 Bureau/Agencies

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