Swamy wants SC to hear Ram Janmabhoomi case on daily basis, writes to PM
New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for moving the Supreme Court to seek day-to-day hearing of civil appeals in the Ram Janmabhoomi case.
"I have written to the Prime Minister in this connection. The case regarding the Ram temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh should be heard on a day-to-day basis," Swamy told media persons here.
The BJP leader sought early verdict in the issue and start of the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya by the year-end.
"The moment the court verdict is out, we will start work on the Ram temple construction. We want to start the construction work before this year-end. We will talk to Muslim leaders and find an early solution," he said.
Swamy also said he will convince leaders like Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party is in power in the state, and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for the temple construction.
"I am confident that Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is a believer of Hanuman, and BSP leader Mayawati will both agree for an amicable solution," he said.
Asked whether the BJP was on the same page with him on the issue, he said construction of the Ram temple was mentioned in the party's manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
"It was in the Lok Sabha election manifesto of our party. No one will go against the party manifesto. This is a full time work (Ram temple). The prime minister will run the nation and I will work towards the construction of the Ram temple," Swamy said.
The BJP manifesto, in two brief lines on the last page under the heading 'cultural heritage', reiterated the party's stand on the construction of the Ram temple at the site of the demolished Babri mosque.
"The BJP reiterates its stand to explore all possibilities within the framework of the constitution to facilitate the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya," the manifesto had said.
As for a controversial seminar held at Delhi University on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue last week, Swamy said more such seminars should be held across the country.
The two-day seminar on "Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple: Emerging Scenario" was organised at the arts faculty from January 9 by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth.
"Such a seminar should be organised in Jawaharlal Nehru University too," Swamy said.
JNU in New Delhi is a reputed bastion of Left-leaning student outfits who strongly opposed the Delhi University decision to allow the seminar, alleging it will "communalise" the campus.
The BJP leader said such seminars will be organised across India and he had already received offers from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for the same.
Acting on a bunch of appeals, the apex court stayed the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that divided the 2.77-acre site into three parts. It also ordered status quo at the site but restrained any religious activity on the 67 acres of adjoining land taken over by the Centre.
(With IANS inputs)