Skip to main content

Modi govt committed to Ram Temple, Article 370, uniform civil code, wait for two-thirds majority: Amit Shah

By Our Representative
The cat is finally out of the bag. Much to the chagrin of the Government of India's "liberal" supporters around the world who swear by its developmental agenda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-hand man, BJP chief Amit Shah, has made it clear that the ruling party has not left its "core agenda" -- including building Ram Temple at Ayodhya through a law in Parliament, and abrogation of Article 370, which would put an end to the special status to Jammu & Kashmir, and having a uniform civil code.
With Sangh Parivar affiliates, especially Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), pitching for "legalizing" the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya at the site where the Babri Masjid stands, Shah has reportedly said that ruling party would address “core issues” of building a Ram temple at Ayodhya, repealing Article 370 and introducing a uniform civil code in the country is very much part of the agenda.
However, there is a snag imposed upon the party by the current democratic setup. These, he said, cannot be addressed till the party has two-thirds majority in Parliament. “We don't have enough mandate to address core issues. We need 370 seats, according to the Constitution, to address these,” Shah said, talking with newspersons at the BJP headquarters.
The remarks come close on the heels of the VHP passing a resolution at Haridwar, asking the Government of India to "enact" a legislation to clear the way for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. Significantly, earlier this month, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, speaking in Ayodhya, said that his government would not be able to address the "core issues" such as enacting a legislation, since the NDA was in minority in the Rajya Sabha.
Refusing to sound negative on Shah’s statement, VHP joint general secretary Surendrakumar Jain said the BJP chief did not refer to the issues of Ram Temple, abrogating Article 370 as “contentious” issues but had referred to them “core issues.” Only, he believed, the BJP had been given mandate not just for development. but also to deliver on the "core issues", and it much "construct temple for its political survival.”
The VHP resolution passed at Haridwar, focusing on the "core issues", said a decision had been taken to press on them "to sort out issues blocking the temple construction". It expressed “sadness that the country could not rebuild even three of the 30,000 Hindu temples destroyed by Islamic invaders”.
VHP leaders at Haridwar
The release added that they would not let a mosque or any Islamic cultural centre or monument to be built within the “cultural boundaries of Ayodhya” which involve as many as six districts of Uttar Pradesh. "Nor should any structure in the name of Mughal emperor Babur be erected anywhere in India", the VHP said.
"Ayodhya's cultural boundary is the place of Sri Ram's 'Krida, Leela and Sanskar'. Every year, thousands of devotees visit these places which have hundreds of pilgrimage sites. No Islamic prayer place or cultural structure will be built in this area. And nothing in the name of Babur will be erected anywhere in India," the resolution said.
The resolution claimed, "The court has accepted that the temple there was demolished by Babur in 1528. The government had given an affidavit that if the same was proved, it would hand over the entire land for temple construction. The government will have to keep its word."
Around 100 saints affiliated with the VHP attended the meet, VHP said. Many saints called Modi "Hinduwadi" and "our PM".
Among other demands, the VHP said, water rafting in the Ganga, one of Uttarakhand's most popular sporting activities, should be "banned" as it gives rise to obscene activities on riverbanks. Young people of both sexes come to these rafting camps, mingle, drink and indulge in objectionable activities on the banks of the holy river, where sadhus and sants gather to meditate, it alleged.

Comments

TRENDING

132 Gujarat citizens, including IIM-A faculty, others declare solidarity with Kashmiris

Counterview Desk
A week after it was floated, 132 activists, academics, students, artists and other concerned citizens of Gujarat, backed by 118 living in different parts of India and the world, have signed a "solidarity letter" supporting the people of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), who, it claims, have been silenced and held captive in their own land. The signatories include faculty members and scholars of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A).

Amit Shah 'wrong': Lack of transparency characterized bank frauds, NPAs, jobs data

Counterview Desk
India's senior RTI activists Nikhil Dey, Anjali Bhardwaj, Venktesh Nayak, Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu, Dr. Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, Pankti Jog and Pradip Pradhan, who are attached with the National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information (NCPRI), have said that Union home minister Amit Shah's claim that the Government of India is committed to transparency stands in sharp contrast to its actual actions.

Bharat Ratna nominee ‘joined hands’ with British masters to 'crush' Quit India

By Shamsul Islam*
The Quit India Movement (QIM), also known as ‘August Kranti' (August Revolution), was a nation-wide Civil Disobedience Movement for which a call was given on August 7, 1942 by the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee. It was to begin on August 9 as per Gandhi's call to 'Do or Die' in his Quit India speech delivered in Bombay at the Gowalia Tank Maidan on August 8. Since then August 9 is celebrated as August Kranti Divas.

Gujarat's incomplete canals: Narmada dam filled up, yet benefits 'won't reach' farmers

By Our Representative
Even as the Gujarat government is making all out efforts to fill up the Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada river up to the full reservoir level (FRL), a senior farmer rights leader has said the huge reservoir, as of today, remains a “mirage for the farmers of Gujarat”.
In a statement, Sagar Rabari of the Khedut Ekta Manch (KEM), has said that though the dam’s reservoir is being filled up, the canal network remains complete. Quoting latest government figures, he says, meanwhile, the command area of the dam has been reduced from 18,45,000 hectares (ha) to 17,92,000 ha.
“According to the website of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd, which was last updated on Friday, while the main canal, of 458 km long, has been completed, 144 km of ranch canals out of the proposed length of 2731 km remain incomplete.
Then, as against the targeted 4,569 km distributaries, 4,347 km have been constructed, suggesting work for 222 km is still pending. And of the 15,670 km of minor canal…

Ceramic worker dies: 20,000 workers in Thangadh, Gujarat, 'risk' deadly silicosis

By Our Representative
Even as the country was busy preparing for the Janmashtami festival on Saturday, Hareshbhai, a 46-year-old ceramic worker from suffering from the fatal lung disease silicosis, passed away. He worked in a ceramic unit in Thangadh in Surendranagar district of Gujarat from 2000 to 2016.
Hareshbhai was diagnosed with the disease by the GCS Medical College, Naroda Road, Ahmedabad in 2014. He was found to be suffering from progressive massive fibrosis. He is left behind by his wife Rekha sister and two sons Deepak (18) and Umesh (12),
The death of Hareshbhai, says Jagdish Patel of the health rights group Peoples Training and Research Centre (PTRC), suggests that silicosis, an occupational disease, can be prevented but not cured, and the Factory Act has sufficient provisions to prevent this.
According to Patel, the pottery industry in the industrial town of Thangadh has evolved for a long time and locals as well as migrant workers are employed here. There are abou…