In a recent interview with Rajat Sharma, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath hinted that there was a concerted effort to delay the Ram Mandir case. Given this concerted effort, the UP government is not above taking things in their own hands, UP CM added.
During the interview to the Editor-in-Chief of India TV, CM Yogi took a decisive stance, while asked about the delay in the Ram Mandir verdict, adding, “the patience of people on Ram temple is fast running out” and “if the Supreme Court finds itself unable to give an early verdict on Ayodhya dispute, it should hand it over to us. We will resolve the ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’ dispute within 24 hours”.
Recalling the verdict of Allahabad High court on the Ram Temple on September 30, 2010, Yogi Adityanath stated that there is no doubt that the “Babri structure” was built by demolishing a Hindu temple or memorial. “The Archaeological Survey of India, on the High Court’s orders, carried out excavations and in its report admitted that the Babri structure was built by demolishing a Hindu temple or a memorial,” he further added. Not to forget that the next hearing of the apex court is scheduled to be held on 29th January with a reconstituted bench; although so far the hearings have been only rescheduled without arguments presented by either side.
This is not the first time that Yogi openly came out in the support of Ram Mandir. Earlier, in June Last year, UP CM emphasized the need for the construction of Ram Mandir. At the gathering of 80th Birthday celebrations of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das who is the head of Mani Ram Das Chawni Peeth, CM Yogi was very vocal about the issue of Ram Mandir. As reported by Indian Express, while addressing a “Sant Sammelan” in Ayodhya, Yogi said, “Lord Ram is the master of this universe. It is obvious that when Ayodhya has his blessings, the Ram temple would be built in Ayodhya… there should be no doubt about this (sic).”
Coming back to the recent interview in ‘Aap Ki Adalat’, when asked, why the Centre is unable to bring ordinance on Ayodhya like the one it brought on Triple Talaq, the UP chief minister replied, “The matter is sub judice in Supreme Court. Parliament cannot discuss matters that are sub judice. We are leaving it to the court. Had the court given justice based on the 1994 affidavit filed by the then central government, a good message could have gone to the country”. Claiming that the verdict on Ram Mandir issue will set an example, CM Yogi also pointed out the desperation of the people and further added, “But this unnecessary delay is causing a situation where people’s patience is fast running out”.
The statement by CM Yogi Adityanath should be seen in the context of the delay in the hearing. Such bold stance by UP CM makes the fact clear that the government is ready to take the Ordinance route if the matter is not resolved by the Court.