MUMBAI: Anticipating a victory for BJP in the UP polls, people linked to the RSS and its affiliates had begun legal consultations on how a Ram temple could be constructed at the disputed site in Ayodhya, even before the results were out.
According to Sangh insiders, one of the advice received was that the state government could pass a law to build the temple. Dilip Deodhar, an RSS researcher and a former RSS functionary, told ET such a move gained traction after the UP results.
“I cannot reveal who are involved in the discussions but can only say that legal opinion has been sought on building a Ram temple in Ayodhya,” Deodhar said.
On Tuesday, Chief Justice of India had advised petitioners in the case to reach a mutual settlement. “If the talks lead to a Ram temple, it will be good. If not, the legal route would be explored.
The BJP is in power at the Centre and they have secured a majority in the state too. So, in another two years, you will see the decks cleared for building the temple,” the RSS researcher said. He added the plan also involved building the Babri Masjid at a fair distance from the temple.
Deodhar said Yogi Adityanath’s choice as CM was a precursor to building the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Mahant Digvijaynath of the Gorakhnath Mutt had taken the lead in placing the idol of Ram in the Babri Masjid in 1949.
“Adityanath is the mahant of the same Mutt,” said Deodhar. He said that though “lakhs of temples were demolished during Mughal rule,” the Sangh Parivar will not insist on reconstructing all of them. However, it would want for settling similar disputes in Mathura and Varanasi.
“The Sangh believes in peaceful co-existence… but Kashi and Mathura are holy places for Hindus and so there would be no compromise on them, after Ram Mandir in Ayodhya these two would also be taken up.”