The demands were spurred by the Supreme Court deciding that the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute cases will not be taken up now, but in January, after just a four-minute hearing. “We have other priorities,” a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
Building a Ram Temple at Ayodhya gained momentum on Monday after the Supreme Court hit pause on the hearing of the Ayodhya title suit.
Within hours of the court pushing back the hearing to January, Uttar Pradesh BJP leaders like Sanjeev Baliyan and Vinay Katiyar and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the BJP, pushed for an Ordinance as a contingency plan to fast-forward the temple.
The demand for the Narendra Modi government to take the ordinance route to facilitate early construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya grew louder on Monday as several BJP leaders and Sangh outfits voiced their frustration with the judicial process “getting delayed”.
Soli Sorabjee, a former top law officer of the government, however, pointed out that under the Article 123 of the constitution, an ordinance can be brought only in cases of necessity, not expediency. “The ordinance will be legally vulnerable. Once the ordinance is brought in, it can be immediately challenged in Supreme Court and the government will face legal trouble,” he said.
The RSS, which admitted to hoping for a positive judgment from the top court and the work at the temple site to be underway before 2019, has called for an “early decision”.
“With the construction of the temple, an atmosphere of unity and harmony will be created. With this in view, the Supreme Court should make an early decision and if there are any difficulties, the government should make a law to remove all hurdles in the way of giving land for temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi site,” Arun Kumar, the chief spokesperson of the RSS said on Monday.
In his Vijaya Dashami speech, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had sought an “appropriate and requisite” law to build the temple before “certain elements” could stall the top court’s judgment.