Amit Shah reiterated BJP's demand of building a Ram Mandir on the janmabhoomi, and accused the Congress of not taking a stand on the matter in the same breathe.
He said, "In the manifesto of 2014, we had promised the pitch for Ram Mandir. BJP wants to build the massive Ram Mandir on the very spot on Ram's janmabhoomi, there is no doubt about that."
"There's a case running in Supreme Court, we are trying that a verdict comes out soon. We want the Ram Mandir to be built by law but the Congress party is not leaving an opportunity to cause hurdles. Senior leader Kapil Sibal said that the case should run after the elections, Congress party should take a clear stand," he added.
Pertaining to the pressing issue, BJP has pushed for a lawful construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya while Congress president Rahul Gandhi on January 4 broke his silence on the issue while speaking of the party's agenda for 2019, which did not include the temple.
Congress president was asked whether the Ram Mandir would change the narrative of the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In response, Rahul Gandhi said that the narrative for the elections was employment, education, healthcare and corruption, and that these would be the agenda issues.
While those who are in favor of the Supreme Court expediting its hearings in the Ayodhya title suit so as to have a quick resolution in the decades-long issue have made their stands well known, the Congress has thus far refrained from addressing the matter openly.
The Prime Minister, in his interview to ANI on Jan 1, said that everyone should wait for Supreme Court's say in the matter, and following that, his government would make all efforts to fulfill its 2014 election manifesto promise of building a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya at the site of the Ram Janmabhoomi.
The RSS had welcomed the Prime Minister's statement but also set a deadline, seeking that construction of the Mandir start before this government's tenure ends. The VHP, however, reiterated its demand that the government brings in an ordinance in the matter.