Mudda discusses RSS chief’s opinion, speakers discuss which way the court’s verdict might go and what is the best resolution to the vexed issue
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has once again raked up the issue of the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya saying that even opposition parties cannot openly go against it as the deity is revered by the country’s majority community.
Addressing a function held at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar on Monday, Bhagwat said the RSS and BJP are committed to constructing a Ram temple in Ayodhya but certain things take time.
He said that every government has its limitations and has to perform within those constraints, but saints and seers are beyond such limitations and they should work for the uplift of religion, country and society. It’s important who occupies the seat of power and a government doing a good job should remain in office, he also said.
Patanjali chief Baba Ramdev said sadhus will succeed where ministers and the rich often fail. “The ministers and the rich must realise that saints and seers are more capable than them, that they can succeed where they often fail,” he said.
This issue was chosen for debate during the Mudda show on Wednesday afternoon.
The participants in the debate were Ashok Thakur, spokesperson of BJP, Sarvat Jahan Fatma, leader of Congress party, Syed Abbas Ali, spokesman of Samajwadi Party, Ashok Dhartak, leader, NCP, Amarnath Mishra, president of Ayodhya Sadbhavna Samiti, Ashok Sinha, the RSS thinker, and Govind Pant Raju, the Consulting Editor at APN. Anant Tyagi anchored the show.
Sinha said that his organisation has full respect for the judiciary and it will accept whatever the court decides on the Ayodhya issue. However, he said that the constitution has given liberty to each and every individual to express their opinion. Hence, Bhagwat, too, can express his own.
Thakur said that they were waiting for the decision of the court on the Ayodhya issue and hoped it will deliver a good verdict. He said that it was difficult to understand that how an individual can be stopped from making a statement.
Fatima said that Lord Rama does not belong to the Sangh Parivar only, but to millions of Indians instead. She said the BJP uses the Ayodhya issue to angle for electoral gains and she was ready to give in writing that its intention is not to build the Ram temple.
Ali, spokesman of Samajwadi Party, said Bhagwat is a respectable leader of an organisation and also a senior citizen who has played an important role in forming the present government. In fact, they were expecting to hear him question the government’s intention in this regard. He should have asked the government if it meant to keep its promise of building the temple.
Mishra, the president of Ayodhya Sadbhavna Samiti, said for them Rama is the law, the constitution and supreme. Who can dare to remove Rama’s image from its present location, he asked. Bhagwat has expressed the feelings of crores of Rama devotees, he said. He also said the Supreme Court has not barred anyone from discussing Ayodhya.
—Compiled by MA Kazmi