Crystallizing the rumours about the controversial reconstruction of the Ayodhya temple by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today claimed that work on the Ayodhya temple was going to start before the end of 2016.
Subramanian Swamy, former president of the BJP party, claimed that the construction of the much-disputed Ram temple was going to start before the end of 2016. He also said that an action plan for the temple was going to be unveiled at a conference on 9th January.
However, the building of the temple is not going to be initiated through a movement, but it would direct itself to the verdict of the court which, Swamy hopes, will come by August or September. He said the work on the temple would go ahead only when there was mutual consent over the construction of the temple by both the Muslim and Hindu communities.
Expressing his optimism over the matter, Swamy said, "I thought the Supreme Court would uphold what has already been committed to by the government. We don't need the Muslim support in view of that commitment made during the 1994 period by the Govt of India. But still, I think we'd like to take the Muslims with us because as far as the Ram temple is concerned, their own famous poet Iqbal had said that Ram is like Imam-e-Hind.”
"So I think, out of the desire to bond Hindus and Muslims, they should agree, and I am sure by August, the Supreme Court will take a view."
The BJP leader also added that there is sub judice in many countries because there they decide everything by majority vote of the jury. In India we do not have a jury system. So sub judice is only for protection or for trying to influence a Court’s proceedings.
"Here (India), who are you going to influence? You can't influence the defendants, you can't influence the petitioners, you can't influence the judge, and if you say 'I can influence the judge', it'll be contempt of court. This is my prediction based on what I know about the law," he said.
Swamy's statement sparked uproar among prominent Indian political leaders such as CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury, NCP leader Majeed Memon, and Rajya Sabha member K.C. Tyagi with most of them stating that the Modi government was not working according to the highest authority i.e. the Supreme Court of India. The leaders also expressed fear that this decision would disturb communal harmony in the country.