Union Minister Ramdas Athawale says No Need For Ordinance On Ram Temple
Updated:  Nov 05, 2018, 10:00 AM
Ahead of Lok Sabha elections when Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya appears to be a crucial issue in the polls, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said the issue should be settled through discussion among Hindus and Muslims and that there was no need for an ordinance as the court was yet to pronounce its verdict.
The union minister of state for social justice and empowerment told reporters, "We can all understand very well the emotions and sentiments of the people of the Hindu community who want construction of the Ram temple. But any decision would be taken after discussion with the Muslim community."
He added, "We all should wait till the Supreme Court gives its verdict. Till then I feel no one should take the law in their own hands to construct the temple".
The construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya has become more and more mainstream issue in this election with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) demanding an ordinance to acquire land at the disputed site to build the temple.
"I don't feel there is any need for bringing in an ordinance. The present government believes in 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' and not in appeasement of a particular community," Mr Athawale said. He further said, "There should not be any attempt to pressurize the government and we should wait for the court's verdict."
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