Kolkata: Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale on Monday said bringing ordinance for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will not be right as the matter is sub judice. Acknowledging the demand of the Hindu community to build a Ram temple in his birthplace, the minister said the construction of the temple should be done after taking the local Muslim community into confidence. “I do not think bringing ordinance on the temple will be the right decision. We sould wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict. People should accept the apex court judgement,” said Athawale, the president of Republican Party of India.
“The demand of the Hindu society to build a temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya is legitimate and that should be accepted. But the Muslim community living there should also be taken into confidence. The government should look for a solution through meaningful discussion with the Muslims living there,” he said. “Any attempt to build the temple by taking law in one’s own hand is not permissible,” he said.
Taking a dig at Congress of not taking a clear stand on issues such as construction of Ram temple or the Sabarimala temple, Athawale said Rahul Gandhi is busy in blaming the Centre on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
“Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi are busy in scamming the Centre on the Rafale issue. They are silent on issues like Sabarimala and the Ram Mandir. They are not playing a proper role,” he alleged. Pointing out that temples and mosques co-exist in many places in the country, the minister said the government should look for finding a similar solution in Ayodhya. Talking about the proposed ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or grand alliance of opposition parties against the BJP in the 2019 elections, the minister claimed the alliance would not work because many parties in it would not accept Congress President Rahul Gandhi as a prime ministerial candidate. (IANS)
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