Having raked up contentious issues like Ram Temple at Ayodhya, uniform civil code and Article 370 in its election manifesto, the BJP on Monday said it was not in favour of prolonging the conflict over the temple issue.
“We are very much in favour of settlement of the temple-mosque dispute in Ayodhya through mutual consent between rival parties. If not, the BJP, in consultation with its NDA allies, will go for setting up special courts to resolve the dispute,” BJP president Rajnath Singh told a press meet here.
Admitting that tension between two communities on the temple-mosque issue was not in the larger national interest, Singh said, “our goal of communal and social harmony cannot be achieved unless the issue is sorted out amicably to the mutual satisfaction of all concerned.”
He clarified that though BJP stood by all three issues in its election manifesto, these could be achieved only if the party secured a majority on its own or with consent of allies.
On the recent remark by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi terming Congress as an old woman that drew sharp criticism, the BJP president said, “I feel, he used the simile to drive home the point that the Congress is an old party.”
On the reservations by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over Narendra Modi campaigning for the BJP and the NDA in the state, Singh said, “I am unaware if anybody has sought Modi’s programme here, but he is touring constituencies where invited.”