On the day when the Centre filed a plea in front of the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the excess land at the Ram Janmabhoomi to its original owners, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar hinted that the decision by his party's government could very well pave way for the construction of a 'magnificent' Ram Mandir.
Speaking to media just hours after the government's plea to the apex court to grant Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas 42 acre of land out of the 67 acre, the Human Resources & Development Minister (HRD) minister stated that the part of land, which is not disputed and not being heard in the apex court, should be given to the pro-Mandir group.
"One of the land owner for 42 acres in the 67 acre land is the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. The government wants to give land back to them. They want to build temple there. Too much delay also is one hindrance. We expect, this application will be sanctioned immediately. The government is not touching to the disputed structure which was 0.3 acre of land, where the title suit is pending," he added.
Further on, the Union Minister also took a dig at the opposition, especially Congress, while dropping a massive hint that should the apex court accept government's plea, the construction of a mega Ram temple could very well begin soon.
"BJP's stand is that Mandir should be built there only. Congress only tries to make sure that the case gets delayed and Kapil Sibal's argument that the case be heard after July is the testament of that. They even questioned the existence of Ram. BJP believes that Ram temple has already been built, everyday 1000's of visitors come. Now we have to make it magnificent. That work will be done always, it is not govt, it is Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and other groups will do," Javadekar also said.
The government on Tuesday filed a petition which read that the land - 42 acres - which is not disputed, should be returned to its original owner - Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. It comes on a day when the apex court was scheduled to hear the title suit case, though, it got adjourned for the third time in two months due to the unavailability of Justice Bodade, one of the judges in the five-judge bench constituted by the court for this case.
(Watch Prakash Javadekar's full press conference above)