The Vishwa Hindu Parishad along with other right-wing organizations today organized massive ‘Hindu Sabha’ at Ramlila maidan in New Delhi. The VHP demanded for an ordinance on the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
RSS executive head Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi said that the BJP should fulfill its commitment as promised for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. He also said that there is no other option available than enacting a law on Ram Mandir.
The decision of holding this rally came after Supreme Court further delayed the hearing dates on Ram Janmabhoomi case to January 2019. The rally has been organized around the time when Parliament commences its winter session, which technically happens to be the final session before the 2019 general elections, the budget session being just a formality.
The reason for conducting such a mega rally is the fact that these organizations want to have a solution based on consensus rather than putting pressure on the ruling dispensation as they only expect parliamentarians to come up with an ordinance on the same. On the other hand, the apex court has made it clear that they don’t want to push for an ‘early hearing’ as far as this case is concerned.
This year on September 27, Supreme Court declined to refer the case to a five-judge Constitution bench and with a majority of 2:1 constituted newly three-judge bench for the case to be heard on October 29, 2018.
Ignoring the Uttar Pradesh government’s request of early hearing, the Supreme Court on October 29, 2018 adjourned the hearing for the Ayodhya title suit case to January. The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict trifurcating the disputed site at Ayodhya into three parts for Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi rejected the early hearing by saying that “the court has its own priorities.” Uttar Pradesh Solicitor-General, Tushar Mehta had urged a hearing in November because of the nature of the dispute.
The bench said the appropriate bench will decide the future course of hearing in January next year. “We will fix the date of hearing of Ayodhya dispute case before the appropriate bench in January,” CJI Gogoi added.
Furthermore, Nearly 50 per cent of the temple carving work at the Ram Janmabhomi Nyas-run workshop in Ayodhya’s Karsevakpuram has been completed despite the delay in Supreme Court’s verdict. Annu Bhai Sompura, in-charge At Karsevakpuram’s sprawling karyashala (workshop) said, “Fifty per cent of carving work of stones has been completed, which means the first floor is ready.”
In the RSS’ three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meet which concluded on November 2nd, 2018, Sarkaryawah Suresh ‘Bhaiyaji’ Joshi, while addressing a press conference after the meeting said, “Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is connected with the sentiments of crores of Hindus. The Supreme Court should realize this and expedite the proceedings of the matter.”
Amidst the growing call for a legislative route for the construction of Ram Mandir which has been stuck in a legal quagmire since 1885, the Sangh rally is aimed to amplify the voices in support of the ordinance route.