New Delhi, Jan 29 : In a stunning but significant development, the ruling BJP on Tuesday claimed that a Ram Temple has already been built at Ayodhya and the only work left to be done is to make it 'magnificent'.
'BJP believes that a Ram temple has already been built at Ayodhya as everyday thousands of visitors and devotees come. Now we have to make it magnificent,' BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.
He said, 'That work (to build a grand temple) will be done always. It is not government but it is Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and other groups who will construct.'
Notably, Mr Javadekar's comments at the media briefing at the party headquarters here came shortly after the Centre moved an application in the Supreme Court saying it is "duty bound" to return to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas and other owners the land adjacent to the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The Union government had acquired a total of 67.703 acres of land in 1993. This included the land of Ram Jananbhoomi Nyas, it said adding - the land under litigation that is where the disputed structure existed, admeasures only 0.313 acres.
All other land including of Ram Janambhoomi Nyas is not under any dispute, the VHP said welcoming the Centre's move.
Mr Javadekar also said that the BJP always maintained Ram temple should be built on Ram janmabhoomi and whatever legal measure is required, the party and the government will try for that.
He pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had clarified himself that while an overwhelming section want Ram temple built but as the matter is sub-judice, the government will have to respect the writ of the law.
'Today's application is also a legal decision,' the minister pointed out, adding 'Too much delay in the case has been a major hindrance.'
'We expect, this application will be sanctioned immediately and the government is not touching the disputed 0.3 acre of land, where the title suit is pending,' he said.
Simultaneous developments vis-a-vis the government moving an application in the Supreme Court and the BJP asserting that a temple already exists at Ayodhya came a day after Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad insisted that the long pending case should be put on fast track for hearing.
"People have said there should be a grand Ram Temple, from our side in the BJP and the Union government party chief (Amit Shah) and Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) have said that the solution should be through a constitutional mechanism only," Mr Prasad has said.
He also said, "People do also raise another issue that when it comes to cases related to the Sabarimala or Karnataka political crisis or the Maoists, urgent hearing do take place. It is good. Similarly, people also want that like in many other cases urgent hearing takes place, even on Ram Janmabhooi case the process of hearing and final judgement should be expedited". (UNI)