Ruckus in Rajya Sabha Over Ram Temple Issue


New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned briefly on Wednesday after following ruckus over the Ram Temple issue in Ayodhya. Members of opposition parties entered the well of the House over the VHP’s moved to collect stones for construction of the temple in Ayodhya.

Janata Dal (United) lawmaker KC Tyagi raised the issue shortly after the House met on Wednesday. He said the move was aimed at creating a communally charged atmosphere in the state ahead of the elections. Assembly elections are due in the North Indian state in early 2017. Members entered the well of the house to protest the VHP’s action, shouting “stop manufacturing riots in UP.”

Outside Parliament, BSP chief Mayawati asked the BJP to “restrain its people.” The Ram Temple, she said, “has always been on the agenda of the BJP, RSS and others.”

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi intervened on behalf of the government to say that stone carving for construction of the temple has been going at a site 1.5 km away from the disputed site since 1990. The government and the BJP are of the view that the court decision on the dispute should be accepted, he said. “Please wait for court decision. All of us should respect it,” the minister added.

Two truckloads of engraved stones from Rajasthan and Gujarat had reportedly arrived in Ayodhya on Monday. “Now, the time has come for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Lots of stones arrived today in Ayodhya and their arrival will continue. We have signals from Modi government that Mandir (temple) construction would be done now,” religious leader Mahant Nritya Gopal Das said, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

The VHP had given a call in June for collecting stones for construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya. Earlier this month, VHP leader Praveen Togadia he trusts Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliver on the promise of building the temple. “In the national executive meet of the BJP, a promise was made to build Ram temple on the lines of Gujarat’s Somnath temple by passing a law in parliament. I trust Narendra Modi,” Mr Togadia had said on December 6 in Bhopal.