Pressure on BJP to build Ram temple as top court rejects plea for early hearing of case

Pressure is mounting on India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to consider an ordinance that would enable majority Hindus to build a Ram temple at the disputed Aydohya site after the Supreme Court said on Monday that it will decide on the bench to deal with the sensitive case only in January next year.

The top court said it has other priorities and there is no urgency in taking up the Ayodhya case. Its statement indicated that the Aydodhya hearing and subsequent ruling may come only after the 2019 general elections.

Building the Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site, where Hindus believe God Ram was born, was one of the promises to voters that helped BJP sweep the 2014 general elections.

With nationals elections round the corner again, BJP was hoping for an early resolution of the Ayodhya title suit after the top court foiled a move by some parties involved in the dispute to delay the case. On September 27, the apex court declined petitions to refer to a five-judge constitution bench its view in a 1994 ruling that mosque is not an integral part of Islam.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Shiv Sena, various Hindu groups and the Shia Waqf Board are upset over the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling. All of them were hoping for an early day-to-day hearing of the case and ruling in three months. They believe Hindus and Muslims can live peacefully if the case is resolved.

They want the BJP to bring an ordinance in Parliament allowing the construction of the Ram temple instead of waiting for the court where the case has been dragging for years.