Politics

With No Majority in RS, Can’t Pass Law for Ram Temple: Rajnath

The lack of a majority in the Rajya Sabha stood in the way of the Bharatiya Janata Party bringing in a motion to make a law for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.

Constructing a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid once stood before being demolished in 2002 by a mob brought to the site by BJP leaders was among the promises made by the party in its 2014 election manifesto.

“The BJP does not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha, so this time it is not possible to bring a motion in Parliament to make law for the construction of the Ram temple,” the minister said.

He was in Ayodhya to take part in a programme of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Nritya Gopal Das.

Asked if the BJP would bring a motion for a Ram temple if it gets a majority in the Rajya Sabha in the days to come, Singh said, “It is an imaginary question.”

The ruling party has 45 members in the Upper House and it is unlikely that it will have the numbers during its current tenure. This is because RS MPs have a six-year term and the staggered way in which state legislatures elect members of the Upper House ensures a lag between the strength of a party in a given state and within that state’s contingent of MPs in the RS. In the House of 243 members, the Opposition has at least 132 MPs.

Reacting to a question on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Singh said he would say “something on Dawood in a day or two.”

The government was left embarrassed last week after it made contradictory statements inside and outside Parliament on the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim.

(With PTI)