Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat delivers his annual Vijayadashmi address. (Source: Official Twitter handle of RSS)

RSS Chief Bhagwat Demands Law For Ram Temple Construction In Ayodhya

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said that the government should clear the path for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya through an appropriate and requisite law.

In his annual Vijayadashmi address, the last before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Bhagwat said the construction of the temple was necessary from the "self-esteem point of view" and that it will also pave the way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness.

"The place of janmabhoomi is yet to be allocated for the construction of the temple although all kinds of evidence have affirmed that there was a temple at that place," said the RSS chief.

There is an obvious effort by a few elements to stall the judgment by presenting various newer interventions in the judicial process, he said, adding that it is in nobody's interest to test the patience of society without any reason.

This matter of national interest is being obstructed by some fundamentalist elements and forces that play communal politics for selfish gains. Politics is delaying the construction of Ram Mandir.
Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak, RSS

Despite such machinations, the decision on ownership of the land should be expedited, and the government should clear the path for the construction of the "grand temple through an appropriate and requisite law", he added.

Here are some of the other highlights from Bhagwat’s Vijayadashmi address:

  • Need to maintain a balance between strengthening armed forces and propagating peace with neighbours.
  • India's foreign policy has always been one that propagates peace, tolerance and friendly relations irrespective of governments.
  • Attacks on the borders haven't stopped despite a new government taking over, said Bhagwat, without naming Pakistan.
  • India cannot be assured of its security without total self-reliance in defence production.
  • Beware of the activities of "urban Maoist" and "neo-Left" elements in society.
  • Supreme Court did not take tradition into consideration in the Sabarimala verdict.