As Ayodhya land dispute is taking the centre stage, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley in a sensational episode of 'Nation Wants To Know' with Republic TV's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami broke silence on the matter of Ram Mandir ordinance. He stated that 'majority of Indians wants Ram Temple' and that Ayodhya concerns a large part of the country. When asked about whether the government will bring about an ordinance, the minister said:
"These are not decision that an individual minister makes in the course. The matter is pending in court. There is a High Court judgement who has decided the title and that matter is pending in appeal. Much to the disappointment of people who want a temple there, which includes me, the matter has been delayed. We would have been happier if the matter would have been expedited".
Ever since the Supreme Court bench, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi adjourned the hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit in October to the first week of January, voices have grown stronger demanding quick resolution on this matter. There is a constant push for the government to take ordinance route to built Ram Temple. Speaking on the matter, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said:
"People will raise various demands but the government will have to take measured decision on this. And a measured decision will be taken by the government after considering all facts. This is not a matter in which the government has even indicated its mind. The government is ceased of the issue and whatever the government decides ultimately will defend that position".
"We are now in the month of November. The matter comes up in January. And therefore, should the government wait till then or should the government bring a will as to what the court will say? I think the government has to keep all facts in mind. Government does not take decision in the the spur of a moment. Governments are meant to act more statesmen like other than just be triggered by some development", he added.
Further talking about the General election that is scheduled to take place in 2019, Mr. Jaitley said:
"Ayodhya is a matter of concern to a very large number of people of this country. That apart, we are not making it a political issue. I think the way Mr. Modi has lead the government and India needs yet another term of a government of this kind rather than unpredictable, uncertain and a disastrous alternative that seems to be building up. It is extremely important that India continues with the present experiment for the next election in that sense will be an election in which the country will have to decide between a tried Prime Minister and his government or a combination whose eventual future is known to everybody".
Meanwhile, the 'Chalo Ayodhya' movement has gained momentum. Before Uddhav’s arrival in the holy city of Lord Rama, Shiv Sena has taken the job to create a 'saffron atmosphere' in Ayodhya to showcase the strength of the party.
Amid the politics over Ram Mandir issue, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray reached Ayodhya and performed Maha Aarti at Saryu Ghat on saturday.
Shiv Sena party members on Friday, took the air-way to reach Ayodhya in numbers to take their Ram Temple aspirations forward while chanting the slogan- “Pehele Mandir, fir Sarkar” (First the temple, and then government)