Ram Mandir will be built, says Subramanian Swamy

Rajya Sabha Member Dr Subramanian Swamy expressed hope that the Supreme Court verdict will come in favour of Hindus by July and the Ram Temple will be built in Ayodhya. He was delivering a lecture on ‘Building a Ram Temple for India’s Identity,’ organised by Citizen’s Council and Virat Hindustan Sangam at Sangha Niketan here on Sunday.

“In Islam, Masjid is a place to read Namaz and it can be shifted. Even in Islamic countries, mosques are being demolished for laying roads and other development works. No fundamental rights of muslims will be taken away if the Namaz place is shifted. In Hindu culture, the deity is the real owner of the temple after the idols are consecrated through Prana Prathishtapana. Therefore, the temple cannot be shifted without the permission of the God. Also, the Ram temple is the birthplace of the Lord and therefore, cannot be shifted. Those who manage the temple are only the trustees,” he said.

Swamy said there is an argument before the Supreme Court that the place should belong to those who are in adverse possession of the land for the last 350 years. He said he has presented his argument saying that the adverse possession is valid only when there are no protests against it and added that he will request the court to conduct hearing on a day-to-day basis.

Speaking about Ayodhya issue, he said prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, in an affidavit filed through solicitor general in 1994, said that the government will allow to build the temple  if it is proved that there was a pre-existing temple in Ayodhya. The court then referred the case to a three judge-bench of Allahabad Court, which appointed two ASI officials who carried out excavation and satellite-based studies and came up with a statement in 2001 that there was a large temple of Vaishnava tradition in the area. This stands as a testimony to truth. In 2010, it was proved in the Supreme Court that a Hindu temple existed before Babri Masjid. Therefore, it is binding on the Modi government to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya, he explained.

“From 2010 to January 2016, the case was lying idle and that is when I made my entry to the case, though I had filed a separate case over the pitiable condition of Ayodhya. There is no place to keep chappals. There is no drinking water facility, no toilets, no parking facilities and no good roads up to the temple. It is causing great inconvenience to people, especially the elderly and specially abled. The Uttar Pradesh government has earned Rs 400 crore by collecting Rs 100 from each pilgrim visiting Ayodhya, but has provided no facilities,”  he charged. This has made me argue in the court that the fundamental right to worship has been denied by the government.”

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