The RSS on Friday said it had been pained by the manner of the Supreme Court's response over the Ram Mandir case, specifically, that it was not a priority for the apex court, and added that it would restart an andolan for the cause if necessary. The remarks, part of a long news briefing by RSS general secretary Bhayyaji Joshi, came right after RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat met with BJP party president Amit Shah in Mumbai over the course of the ongoing RSS meeting.
While Joshi refrained from disclosing details of the Shah-Bhagwat meet, he did take a number of questions on the matter of the Ram Mandir, especially in the context of the Supreme Court's delay in hearings in the case.
Ram Lalla is always in our hearts, Joshi said, adding that everyone wants a big Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Weighing in on the events in the Supreme Court, where the three-judge bench decided that the date of hearings will only be decided in January by an appropriate bench as the matter wasn't a priority for the apex court at the moment, Bhayyaji Joshi said that the court's procedures had gone on for too long and the 'priority' response had hurt them:
"In the Supreme Court also it has been seven years. It's been a long wait. We were expecting a verdict and we were expecting day-to-day hearings. But Supreme Court refused. We were expecting good news before Diwali. The answer that their priority is different has hurt us. The manner in which this was responded to -- a question associated with the sentiments of crores of Hindus -- is insulting."
Careful to state that it was the prerogative of the Supreme Court to do with the case what it may, he also added that the apex court should also respect Hindus' sentiments.
Being asked about proposed alternate solutions to build the Ram Mandir, especially the Legislative and Ordinance routes, Bhaiyyaji Joshi said that "those who have sought a law are within their right. It's a person's right if they are asking for an ordinance. It's the government's privilege to decide when to bring a law."
Addressing the ordinance route specifically, he said: "It not today, then in coming days the government should look for an ordinance if no options remain." He elaborated:
"This present government has the mandate in Parliament but they didn't make a law for the Mandir because they didn't make a law for Mandir because they respect the judiciary. Court should also understand the sentiments of Hindus. If needed we will again start the Ram Mandir Andolan."
He lamented, "If the court had fixed in how much time it wants to hear the case the Mandir would have been built already. The court needs to think and decide how much time to take."