Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah | Vijay Verma/PTI
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BJP is considering letting the Ram temple issue be resolved legally instead of enforcing it through a law “passed in haste”. 

New Delhi: The BJP, stung by poll reversals in the three heartland states, is considering putting the contentious Ram temple issue on the backburner.

ThePrint has learnt that the party’s top leadership has moved to quash any talk of the BJP introducing a bill for the Ram temple in Ayodhya during the ongoing winter session of Parliament.       

Highly-placed sources in the BJP told ThePrint that the party has now decided to let the temple issue be resolved legally instead of enforcing it through a law “passed in haste”. Sources in the government claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told senior cabinet colleagues that the idea of a bill on the Ram temple should be put on the back burner.

As a result, sources said the much-hyped private member’s bill being proposed by Rakesh Sinha, the BJP nominee to the Rajya Sabha, is also unlikely to see the light of day this session as he has been told to fall in line over the issue.

Sinha, who hit the headlines a month ago when he announced that he would bring in a private member’s bill on the Ram temple, seemed unsure of his next course of action.

“You need to see how many days Rajya Sabha has worked. How will I introduce the bill?” Sinha told ThePrint.

Pressed on whether he is going to go ahead with his bill, he said, “There are still days left in this session. Why keep asking this? We are committed to the Ram temple.”

Also read: Ram temple & religion may be poll issues for BJP, can’t be so for NDA: Chirag Paswan

Poll defeats rattle party

Ever since the BJP lost to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, there is panic in the saffron camp over the effectiveness of the Ram temple issue.

There is a feeling in the party that Ram temple politics hasn’t served the BJP effectively in the recent Assembly elections and so the party doesn’t want to risk massive polarisation that is likely to ensue if the proposed bill is introduced in Parliament.

With Lok Sabha polls due next year, the bill, many in the party feel, will help opposition parties rally around the issue.

The BJP’s change in position, however, comes at a time when its saffron affiliates, the RSS and VHP, have decided to harden their stance on the construction of the temple.

While the VHP has threatened to launch a massive nationwide campaign to build pressure on the Narendra Modi government, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has urged the government to either issue an ordinance or bring in a bill.

“This government reacts negatively to pressure tactics. All we are hearing is that the government is not keen on the bill,” a senior RSS leader said.

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  1. 1. BJP & RSS are making efforts to win over many sections of the society and that is understandable. One should not overlook fact that the Ram temple issue may not be of prime interest to many sections of even the Hindu society. There are millions who are living in condition of acute poverty. BJP leaders know that for these poor the Ram temple issue is not as important as problems faced by them in day-today-life 2. On the other hand, those who are serious about their opposition to Hindutva ideology of RSS must find out why it has been able to survive and grow during last 90 years. Merely opposing RSS or criticising PM Mr Narendra Modi or BJP won’t do. 3. When Shri Pranab Mukherjee, former President, gave a speech at RSS function earlier in June this year, his message was that one may be opposed to RSS ideology but one should not consider RSS as politically untouchable. I think this was the right message for those who wish to fight BJP & RSS on ideological grounds. Hence, if political parties wish to defeat RSS/BJP, it would be necessary for them to convince our vast country’s citizen-voters that RSS/BJP must be rejected as they wish to establish an authoritarian, anti-democracy nation. Defeating BJP won’t be an easy task; with honest and united efforts of all secular parties, it can be done say in 10-15 years. Then BJP & RSS’ top will be compelled to accept that democracy is supreme and must be preserved. I also think no good purpose will be achieved by RSS leaders not accepting honest ideological opposition to RSS ideology. It is dangerous to say that those who are opposed to RSS are not nationalists.

  2. In opposition, church and state can be one, especially since the former provides massive logistic support at election time. However, in office and power, national interest becomes paramount. Shri Yashwant Sinha recounted on Off the Cuff how PM Vajpayee told him to ignore inputs from the RSS when it came to helming the economy. Few will doubt that pushing the ideological agenda, including cow protection and a hard edge to dealing with minorities, has hurt the government’s record in office. 2. Another issue that merits reconsideration is whether Yogiji should campaign nationally.


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