Prime Minister Narendra Modi said recently that the judicial process should take its own course. He blamed the previous Congress government for stalling a resolution. He was hinting that the government is not considering an early ordinance to facilitate construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
In an interview, the Prime Minister said, “In court, Congress lawyers, who are obstacles, should stop. Let the judicial process take its own course. Don’t weigh it in political terms. Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever our responsibility as the government, we are ready to make all efforts.”
When he was asked whether an ordinance was not possible as in the case of making triple talaq punishable, the PM said, “Triple talaq ordinance was brought after the SC verdict, in light of the SC verdict. We have said in our BJP manifesto that a solution would be found… Nobody can deny that those sitting in government in the last 70 years have tried their best to stall a solution.”
In suggesting that the judicial process – the SC is expected to decide on Friday when the Ayodhya title suit will be heard- should be allowed to play out, Modi seems to be making it clear that the court will not be pre-empted. Whether the government will pursue an ordinance or legislative route even if the SC gives an adverse ruling is unclear as is the timeline in the court where an appeal has been lying since 2010.
The RSS described the PM’s views on the construction of the Ram Temple as a “positive step” towards the “long-pending desire” of Hindus. BJP President Amit Shah had also said that the developments in court will have to be awaited.