Ahead of 2018 Lok Sabha elections, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that there should be no doubt that a temple would be constructed at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site which is an area of dispute.
While addressing a Sant Sanmelan in Ayodhya, he stated, “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.”
This was in response to Ram Vilad Vedanti’s remarks, one of the participants and a member of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, that the construction of the temple would start without a court order.
Vedanti said, ““Just like everything happened then without court orders… before the 2019 elections, the construction of the temple would start in Ayodhya, I assure you.”
Yogi replied, “You have shown so much patience so far, you should show patience for some more time.”
He said that there was a conspiracy to create obstacles in the way of building the temple, stating that, “On one hand, they file an application in court to ensure that the hearing does not take place before 2019. On the other hand, they talk of BJP not doing anything in the direction. Ultimately, whether it’s the BJP or any government, efforts will be made to find a solution in a Constitutional way.”
On the other hand, VHP working president Alok Kumar stated, “Our lawyers are of the opinion that we have a good case and we hope to win. If it happens, we feel that the path will be created for the construction of a grand temple by the end of this year.” They expressed hope that the Supreme Court would come to a verdict very soon.
Kumar referred to Vedanti’s remarks as a ‘personal view’ saying that they would wait for the ongoing judicial process.
“Whether the temple is built by a court order or an Act enacted by Parliament, we believe in building it lawfully… But the VHP will not accept any mosque within the cultural territory of Ayodhya.”