Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday dared the Centre to bring an Ordinance for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, boasting that they 'demolished Babri Masjid within 17 minutes, so how long will it take to bring an ordinance?'. Speaking exclusively to Republic TV on the matter, Sanjay Raut stood by his words, claiming that he did not hurt any sentiments.
"Which sentiments did I hurt? This is in record. It has come in front of the court. I have just stated that. There were lakhs of kar sevaks, did they come from Pakistan?-NO! Did they come from Iran-Iraq?- NO! They were Indian kar-sevaks. They had the courage. Lakhs and crores of people came here for the construction of Ram Temple. They were not from any political party. They had the power of Hindutva," said the Shiv Sena leader.
On being questioned about his statement on the demolition of the Babri Masjid, he claimed that he did not say anything 'provocative', asserting that several powerful political leaders were participating in the movement to destroy the Babri Masjid, that took place in 1992.
"It is the truth that it took only 17 minutes for the Hindutva force to destroy it. I only mean to question how long does it take to bring an ordinance. Whether it was direct or indirect, I said what I had to say. I don't think it is wrong, we stated the same in the court also. I don't think I said anything provocative. There were prominent leaders of the country during that movement. Advani ji was there, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Ashok Singhal all of them took part," he added.
Later, responding to Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav's plea to the Supreme Court to deploy army in Ayodhya to maintain peace in the city, Sanjay Raut overlooked the statements made by Akhilesh Yadav and said, "The situation is not at all sensitive. The programme is going on smoothly. There's VHP and Shiv Sena together working here. We are one."
Laughing on Yadav's plea for deployment of army in Ayodhya, he said, "Which army - Indian or Pakistani?"