To bring law on Ram temple, govt needs majority in Rajya Sabha: Rajnath Singh



The Modi government can’t bring in a legislation to construct the Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya as it does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha, said Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

His admission follows Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) saying they wish to give time to the government until it is in majority in the Rajya Sabha.

This is in tune with what newly-elected sarkaryavah (general secretary) of the RSS Bhaijyyaji Joshi said on Sunday. “The RSS would not agitate but wait patiently. The matter is before the Supreme Court we would wait for a legal resolution than take hasty action,” he said.

It’s not possible to bring a motion in Parliament as the government is in a minority in the Rajya Sabha. Rajnath refused to make clear whether the Modi government would bring such a law.

The home minister was in Ayodhya to take part in a programme hosted by senior VHP leader Nritya Gopal Das.  At present, the Bharatiya Janata Party has 45 members in the Rajya Sabha and is unlikely to have adequate numbers in the House of 243 during its current tenure.  In the 90s, the saffron party rose to power riding the Ram wave, but it failed to fulfill its promise of constructing a temple in Ayodhya.


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