NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday demanded to enact a law for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and cautioned that the people who object it will not be able to roam freely in the country.
Babri mosque was demolished in 17 minutes… in about half an hour what needed to be done was done by the Ram bhakts…the blot which was there since years was brought down ,” Raut told reporters, referring to the demolition of the mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
“How long does it take to prepare papers… to bring ordinance… from the Rashtrapati Bhawan to Uttar Pradesh Assembly. They are all BJP governments,” the Shiv Sena leader said.
Whosoever stands in its way, will not be able to roam freely in the country,” he added.
The comment came two days before a large gathering, ‘Dharam Sabha’, organised by various Hindutva groups is scheduled to take place in Ayodhya to further intensify the construction of temple.
Earlier today, the Shiv Sena had asked the BJP to come out with an ordinance and declare a date for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
While slamming the BJP, the Sena said those in power should be proud of Shiv Sainiks who had “destroyed Babur’s raj in Ram Janmabhoomi”. The Babri Masjid was built in Ayodhya on the orders of Mughal emperor Babur.
In an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said it neither moves around with a begging bowl asking for votes in the name of Lord Ram nor does it indulge in “jumlebaazi” (rhetoric) during polls.
“Why did those, who call themselves pro-Hindutva, start getting a stomach ache when we announced our plans of going to Ayodhya? We are not going there for political purposes,” the Sena said in the editorial.
It claimed the party had not given the slogan “Chalo Ayodhya”, but Shiv Sainiks were going there for Lord Ram’s darshan and also because Ayodhya is “nobody’s private place”.
“There is no Ram raj there now, but the raj of the Supreme Court. However, in 1992, Balasaheb’s Shiv Sainiks had destroyed Babur’s raj in Ram Janmabhoomi. Instead of being scared and jealous of such Sainiks, those in power should be proud of them,” the Sena editorial claimed.
It further said that instead of casting aspersions on the motive of Sainiks going to Ayodhya, the government should declare a date for the construction of the temple and put all suspicions to rest.
“We ask you ask once again, why don’t you declare a date for the construction of the Ram temple? If the issue of Ram temple goes out of your hands, in 2019, apart from your ‘rozi-roti’ (livelihood), many people’s tongues too will become handicapped,” the editorial warned.
“Instead of doing everything to stop the Sena, we ask again, why don’t you come out with an ordinance and declare a date for the construction of the temple,” the editorial stated.
On Monday, Raut had said the temple issue was not a subject for the courts but a subject of sentiment and national honour and that his party’s campaign will continue for the same.
“Shiv Sena is committed to the construction of Ram temple. We have struggled for it. The temple is not the subject of courts but of sentiments and national honour,” Raut told reporters here.