For India, Ayodhya or Jobs has the power to sway elections?

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The 2019 elections is not the crucial test only for the political parties viz the BJP and the Congress but for the people as well, who have to decide what are the real issues affecting them: Ayodhya or issues like Jobs, inflation or secularism which units the country, as the people maketh the nation not the government. A nation which is built on particular religion ceases to progress like in the case of Israel which has been officially declared as “the national home of the Jewish people” cannot become a super power and other countries are making big strides silently in education and economy.

The Supreme Court ruling on the politically sensitive issue of Ayodhya land dispute case has triggered a chorus of demands from within the BJP and various Sangh Parivar outfits for an ordinance for construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site.

The ideological mentor RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) of BJP has been pushing that the Narendra Modi government should bring an Ordinance or legislation in the Winter session of Parliament for early construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls without waiting for the Apex Court verdict.

The Highest court of India has adjourned the case to an unannounced date in January but any sort of judicial outcome will set the tone for the upcoming assembly elections in 2018 and country’s parliamentary elections in mid-2019.

It is interesting that Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said “the BJP never linked the Ram Mandir issue with polls” but every time when elections are round the corner, Ram Temple comes in. The demand for the construction of the much-debated Ram temple at the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya has been raised by Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, who openly sought enactment of a legislation to start construction of the temple.Sadhus and different saffron quarters have been raising the demand and Giriraj Singh said Hindus are running out of patience on the Ram temple issue.

“Shri Ram” is the cornerstone of the faith of the Hindus, the minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises said. The Supreme Court has fixed the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute cases for the first week of January 2019 before an appropriate bench, which will decide the schedule of hearing.

Citizens of India must understand the politics being played by the BJP as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is aware that he is being repeatedly questioned by the Opposition parties, farmers and the people of India about the unfulfilled promises he made during 2014, is now maintaining silence on the Ram Temple and other crucial issues that attacks the secular fabric of the country.

BJP is now playing the Ayodhya temple card to influence the 2019 general election but if the government brings the ordinance than they will be in trouble as that can be challenged in the Supreme Court.
The Ayodhya debate centres around the land known as Ram Janmabhoomi, on which the Babri Mosque was built in 1528. The temple was demolished by the Mughal ruler Babur and the Babri Mosque was built in its place. For centuries, the site remained a HINDU-MUSLIM DISPUTE and now people in the 21st century still remains entangled with this dispute.

It is high time that people should remain cautious  and make use of their wisdom as the Ram Temple issue has the potential to ignite communal tensions, the riots that gripped the entire nation following demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

People in India are losing faith on Modi government as the prevailing environment of unemployment,failure of banking system,high inflation while the Rupee emerged as the worst-performing currency across the globe, will think twice to vote for Bharatiya Janata Party on the religious issue which will have long term implications on the country as it will designate India on religious narratives.

By: Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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