‘For God’s sake, trust SC’: PM Modi pans ‘motormouths’ on Ram temple
Praising the Centre’s Kashmir move, abrogation of Article 370, the Shiv Sena pitched for a similar courage to be shown in the Ram mandir issue.
As the dispute over the Ayodhya land title dispute enters the final lap in the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke out against leaders making statements about the Ram temple and let the top court take a call.
PM Modi, who had flown to Nashik on Thursday to join a BJP event to mark the end of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s roadshow Mahajanadesh Yatra, said there had been some people who had been issuing meaningless statements over the last few weeks on the decades old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute.
A five-judge Constitution bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, is hearing the land title dispute and is expected to deliver a decision well before November end. Chief Justice Gogoi yesterday indicated that the final arguments by the parties to the case would be completed by October 18. The Chief Justice is expected to deliver the verdict before he retires on November 17.
WATCH | Ram Temple issue: PM Modi slams motormouths, says have faith in SC
“In the last 2-3 weeks, some ‘bayan bahadur’ (roughly translates into motormouths) have started speaking nonsense on Ram temple. It’s necessary to have respect for the Supreme Court. The matter is sub-judice there and all parties are presenting their case and the Supreme Court is listening to them,” PM Modi said at the BJP event in Nashik, according to news agency ANI.
“I am astonished where did these ‘bayan bahadur’ come from? Why are they creating obstacles? We should trust Supreme Court, the Constitution and the judiciary of India. I request these people to trust the judiciary of India, for God’s sake,” he said.
The prime minister did not indicate which politician he had in mind.
But on Monday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had attempted to take a hardline on the temple when he, also publicly, nudged the Centre to take a “courageous” decision to bring in a law to build a Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
“We expect that Centre should not wait for court order and use it powers. The Centre took a courageous step in abrogating Article 370. It is our request that the Centre does the same for Ram Mandir issue,” said Thackeray.
The statement by the Shiv Sena boss had come against the backdrop of some hard-nosed negotiations with PM Modi’s BJP over the seat sharing formula for Maharashtra state elections.
Elections to Maharashtra’s 288 assembly seats, expected to be held in late October, are expected to be formally announced over the next few days. The Shiv Sena and the BJP have kept aside 18 seats for their smaller allies but a tug-of-war is still on for the remaining 270-odd seats. The BJP, which had contested the 2014 state elections on its own and emerged as the largest party, is determined to pick up for a larger share. But the Sena is insisting that the seats be split equally between the two parties. As the negotiations enter the last lap, Sena leaders have held out threats to go solo if the BJP did not agree to its 50:50 formula.