‘Law for temple an option’

Ministers hint that the court cannot have the last word on the issue The government, while showing no firm signs that there is any move on its part to bring in an ordinance or a new law for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, has also maintained that there are legislative ways out for it, separate from the law courts. Union Minister of State for Law P.P. Chaudhary has said on record that he is in favour of the construction of the temple. “Since the matter is pending before the court, it should, in my view, be expedited or resolved amicably between the parties, and if that fails, then the question of an ordinance should be explored.” The junior Law Minister also maintained that this was his personal view but senior Ministers in the government have said that the court cannot be the last word. “It is not in Parliament’s remit to adjudicate a case. What it can do is bring a law to change the basis in law of the case,” said a senior Cabinet Minister, not wishing to be named. This could mean that an ordinance on the lines of the one for jallikattu could be promulgated for temple construction in the “national interest”, since the long pendency of the case “is creating strife between communities”, government sources said. The senior Minister maintained that “in any case, a Ram temple already exists at that site. The question is to make it grand.” These are early days for any decision, government managers said. But the frankness with which Ministers like Mr. Chaudhary and Minister of State for Medium and Small Enterprises Giriraj Singh have spoken about their desire that a Ram temple be built at the disputed site, showed that the matter would assume a bigger dimension in the coming days, they said.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/law-for-temple-an-option/article25440488.ece

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