A BJP member today demanded in the Lok Sabha that the disputed land in Ayodhya be handed over for construction of Ram temple in the wake of Allahabad High Court verdict of September 30.

Raising the matter during Zero Hour, Mr Yogi Adityanath said the High Court had given its verdict on the basis of “facts and evidence that the disputed place was the birth place of Lord Ram”.

He said the Centre had promised in 1993 that it would abide by the verdict of the court which was to decide whether Ram temple existed at the disputed place before 1528.

In a split verdict, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on September 30 said the place where the makeshift temple is located should be given to Hindu Mahasabha and the 2.77 acre peripheral land be divided among Hindus and Muslims.

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court.

Since the High Court has given its ruling, the Centre should fulfil its promise made to the Supreme Court in 1993 by handing over the land for construction of Ram temple, the MP from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh said while likening it to Somnath temple issue.

Samajwadi Party members objected to Mr Adityanath’s contention, saying the matter was sub-judice.

Congress member from West Bengal Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of maritime security, saying hundreds of cargo ships and trawlers were moving freely in Indian waters.

He said it could have security implications for India as these could be part of subversive activities of the country’s neighbours and the matter should be taken seriously.

He made the point while citing the case of Mumbai attacks, saying Pakistan’s Army and ISI were behind it.

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