The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on the construction of a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya as "positive" and hoped that his government will fulfil its promise during this tenure.
In a series of tweets, RSS's Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said: "Today's Prime Minister's remarks on the construction of Ram temple seems to be a positive step. And the Prime Minister remembering his promise of constructing temple in his interview is in line with the 1989 BJP resolution in its Palampur Convention."
"In its resolution, the BJP had said that to construct the temple in Ayodhya it will try its best by either consulting or by bringing an enabling legislation," he said recalling the 1989 resolution where the BJP said that it shall discuss the matter with all the stakeholders.
The reaction from the Hindutva organisation's joint general secretary came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said any government action on the temple construction can happen only after the judicial process is over.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Ram temple case on January 4, even as Hindutva organisations, including the RSS and its affiliates, as also the BJP ally Shiv Sena, have been pitching for an ordinance to pave the way for an early construction.
Reminding Modi of his party's poll promise, Hosabale said: "Under the leadership of Modi, the BJP in its 2014 poll manifesto has promised to construct a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya under the constitutional ambit. The people believed the promises made by the BJP and gave it a huge mandate."
"People of India expect the government to fulfil the promise within its tenure," he added.
In an interview broadcast on various TV channels, Modi said, "Let the judicial process take its own course. Don't weigh it in political terms. Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever be our responsibility as government, we are ready to make all efforts."
The prime minister was asked about demands for an ordinance.
The demand for construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya gained momentum late last year with the BJP's ideological mentor the RSS, VHP and the NDA allies demanded the government to bring a law for the construction of temple.
IANS and PTI