Ram Mandir shelved for 2025, says RSS

Top leader claims he has been “misquoted and that Ram Temple should be ready by 2025.”


New Delhi January 18:  RSS leader and second-in-command Bhaiyyaji Joshi have said that the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will come up in 2025, a year after the 2024 next Lok Sabha elections.

“India progressed rapidly after the Somnath Temple was established in 1952. India will again start prospering after the Ram Mandir is built in 2025. After the Ram Temple is established at Ayodhya, the country will be blessed for the next 150 years,” news agency ANI quoted Joshi as saying.

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Joshi’s statement was made at Kumbh in Prayagraj comes a month after VHP’s show of strength in Delhi. At the rally, Joshi had sought an ordinance for the construction of the temple.
“We are not engaged in a conflict with any community. We are not begging but expressing sentiments. Enacting a law is the only option for Ram temple. The movement will continue till the promise is fulfilled,” Joshi had said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has effectively ruled out the ordinance route in the near future, saying the government will take “necessary steps” after the judicial process is over.

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The judicial process will gather pace on January 29 when a five-judge bench to hear the Ayodhya title dispute case will be reconstituted following the recusal of Justice UU Lalit. The judge had recused himself after senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for one of the Muslim litigants, told the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that Justice Lalit in 1997 appeared for former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in one of the matters connected to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.

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With inputs from ANI


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