Weeks after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stormed to power with a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh after a gap of 15 years, the Shiv Sena on Thursday rooted for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, saying that the political situation in the most populous state is conducive to doing so.
“The results of Uttar Pradesh elections show people are in favour of building Ram temple. Today, the entire country is listening to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. Even the Muslims will listen to him now, looking at the scenario in the country,” said party mouthpiece Saamana in its editorial.
“Apart from this, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has assured that he will not let another riot in the state. Taking this under consideration, the Muslim organisations should give up their demands and support the Ram Mandir,” the party said.
It may be noted that the Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested a negotiated settlement to the Ram janmabhomi-Babri masjid dispute, with the Chief Justice of India even offering to act as a mediator between the two sides laying claim over the historic site in Ayodhya.
A Hindu mob demolished the historic Babri Masjid on December 2, 1992 at Ayodhya. Muslims groups are opposed to building a temple at the site.
In September 2010, a three-judge Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court said that Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple and Hindus have the right to worship there.