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Don’t let Ram temple issue go the Kashmir way: Shiv Sena

Pitching for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the Shiv Sena on Thursday said the matter should not become as complicated as the Kashmir matter, which is still awaiting resolution.

It also wondered why Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders were not holding the prime minister and other BJP leaders accountable for the delay in temple construction, instead of aiming judges hearing the case.

“The construction of Ram temple should not become as complicated as that of Jammu and Kashmir, where no solution is in sight in near future,” the Sena alleged in an editorial in its party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

The BJP should stop pointing fingers at the Congress for stopping the temple construction, it said.

Facing increasing pressure to move swiftly on the Ram temple issue, the Modi government had on Tuesday demanded the Supreme Court allow it to return the “non-disputed” surplus land acquired around the disputed structure in Ayodhya to a Hindu trust and other original owners.

Commenting on the Centre’s move, the Uddhav Thackeray- headed party said if this was the solution, why the BJP-led government could not think of it in the last four years.

“It seems the BJP has come up with this proposal keeping (Lok Sabha) elections in mind, which should not have happened. But any decision in this country from solving issues of hunger to Ram temple – is always taken with an eye on polls,” the Marathi publication stated.

The Sena, which is a constituent of the BJP-headed governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra, said once the non-disputed land is returned to the original owners, they can go ahead with temple construction.

“No successor of (Mughal king) Babar will come to claim ownership on the disputed land, which is around 0.313 acre. Let others file petitions in the court over the disputed land but the temple construction can be initiated on the non-disputed land,” it said.

The Sena also said it was still firm on its demand for bringing an ordinance for the temple construction.

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