Ram temple issue finds echo in Parliament again

Updated - March 24, 2016 11:40 am IST

Published - December 23, 2015 06:54 pm IST - New Delhi

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s plan of gathering stones for a Ram temple at Ayodhya briefly disrupted the Rajya Sabha on the last day of the Winter Session of Parliament, with Opposition leaders questioning the move.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, however, remarked at a press conference: “All countrymen want a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. How, when and what is the question.” The Minister refused to elaborate on his comment.

Before this, Janata Dal (United) leader K.C. Tyagi said in the Rajya Sabha that this was creating a communally charged atmosphere in the State that goes to polls early in 2017.

While Opposition members trooped into the well of the House chanting “stop manufacturing riots in U.P.”, BSP leader Mayawati said outside Parliament that Ram temple had always been on the BJP-RSS agenda and asked the BJP to restrain its workers.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in the House that stone-carving for temple construction had been under way 1.5 kilometres from the disputed site since 1990.

He added that the government and the BJP were of the view that the court decision on the dispute should be accepted. “Please wait for court decision. All of us should respect it,” Mr. Naqvi said.

As The Hindu had reported, two truckloads of engraved stones arrived in Ayodhya days ago.

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