Treading a cautious path, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said it will “respect” the court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit to be pronounced later this month but cryptically added that there could be no doubts regarding the existence of a temple at the disputed site.
“Our party’s stand has always been clear — we will respect the verdict of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on the Ayodhya title suit. We are eagerly awaiting the order,” BJP national vice-president Kalraj Mishra told reporters here.
When asked what would be his party’s stance if the verdict did not affirm that a temple had existed on the disputed site, Mr. Mishra evaded a direct reply and said, “there can simply be no doubts regarding the existence of a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
“Numerous evidence have been placed on record to show that a temple existed there. Above all, what greater proof could there be than the fact that the site is visited by large number of Hindu devotees who perform worship and other rituals,” the BJP leader said.
The remarks come days after former BJP president Rajnath Singh said the party remains committed to construct a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya but refused to elaborate on the issue before the court’s verdict comes out on September 24.
“BJP’s view is very clear about a grand temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya and the party is committed towards it, but we will not give any reaction as of now. First, let the court’s verdict come,” Mr. Singh had told reporters on September 5.
“Whatever decision is given by the court it will be okay,” he had added.
Mr. Mishra also charged the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh with “trying to create panic” across the state by making demands for deployment of central para-military forces ahead of the verdict on Ayodhya.
“An attempt is being made to suggest that a volatile situation has arisen which is far from truth and only a ploy to harass us. We have reports that spies have been sent after our cadres and members of outfits like the VHP. This is disgusting,” the BJP leader said.
Mr. Mishra also came down heavily on Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s recent remark on “saffron terror”, saying “terrorism has no religion or creed. The Congress-led UPA government seems to have forgotten that“.
The BJP vice-president also claimed that the party has been “opposed to the use of the term Islamic terrorism as it causes prejudice and suspicion against an entire community.”
Keywords: Ayodhya title suit