In an alarming turn of events, in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a member of the pro-Ayodhya Ram Mandir brigade has warned that they would proceed with the construction of the Mandir before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections irrespective of any court verdict in the matter.
Attending the birthday celebration of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das in Ayodhya, spiritual leader and former Member of Parliament Ram Vilas Vedanti harkened back to December 6, 1992, when the Babri Masjid was demolished, pointing out that the act wasn't carried out on the instruction of any court. He proclaimed that the construction of the Ram Mandir would also begin on similar lines.
"On December 6, 1992, when this structure was destroyed, it wasn't destroyed on the instruction of any court. Just like how without any court's order all this has happened, in the same way, before the 2019 elections, the Mandir's construction will begin, this I state before you."
At the time that this proclamation was made, Yogi Adityanath was seated on-stage with a number of other religious leaders.
From the same podium, Yogi Adityanath had reassured that the Ram Mandir would be constructed and asked the seers to be patient:
"A Ram Mandir will be built in Ayodhya, of that there can be no doubt and shouldn't be. Then why is there doubt? Where does it come from? Whether it be BJP or any government, a solution will be found along the lines of the Constitution. And it is when there is forward movement along Constitutional lines, some people try to oppose."
The Supreme Court is hearing 13 appeals filed against the 2010 judgment of the Allahabad High Court that that mandated a three-way division of the disputed site in Ayodhya.
Watch what Yogi Adityanath and Ram Vilas Vedanti said in the video above.