The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has released a statement on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview with news agency ANI. The RSS termed PM Modi’s statements on the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya a “positive development”.
In his first interview of 2019, PM Modi indicated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is not going to promulgate an ordinance for the Ram Mandir and will wait for the Supreme Court verdict on the same.
“Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever will be our responsibility as the government, we are ready to make all efforts,” he said.
The RSS, in a relatively subdued statement on the issue, said people expect the Modi government to fulfil its promise of building the Ram temple within its tenure as the BJP was elected to power in 2014 for committing to all possible efforts to do so.
“Under the leadership of Modi, the BJP in its 2014 election manifesto had promised to make all possible efforts within the ambit of the Constitution to build the Ram temple. People of India gave the BJP a majority, trusting their promise,” the RSS tweeted.
People of India expect the government to fulfil the promise within its tenure, it added
Dattatreya Hosabale, the joint general secretary of the RSS, issued a statement on Modi’s comments, calling the PM’s stance in accordance with the Palampur Resolution of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The resolution signed at the party’s convention in Palampur in 1989 commits the BJP to build the temple in Ayodhya with either consultation among different stakeholders or by bringing enabling legislation.
Senior RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi also said, “We’ve have kept forward our demand to make a law in this regard. Every person in our country wants Ram temple constructed. Even those who are in power have said that Ram temple should be constructed.”
The RSS in recent time has intensified its demand for the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The ideological mentor of the BJP has even drawn an elaborate four-phase plan to press for an ordinance for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The organisation had in November threatened that it would take up an agitation similar to the one in 1992 “if needed” in order to ensure the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had also said that delay in a Supreme Court decision on the issue was tantamount to “denial of justice”.