In Big Push for Temple, Govt Seeks SC Nod for Handing Land to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, Others

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“Today’s decision is important and will pave the way for construction of Ram temple,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told a press conference.

NEW DELHI (IANS) — The Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking its nod for giving a part of the 67 acres of undisputed land to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and other original owners.

The top court was moved for the modification of its March 31, 2003 order, directing the observance of status quo on the acquired 67 acres of undisputed land.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas owns about 42 acres of the undisputed land out of 67 acres which was acquired way back in 1993. 

The Nyas has moved the government seeking return of that 42 acres that in the Centre in its application on Tuesday described as “superfluous”. 

The Centre said that only 0.312 acres of land is disputed. The “central government has no objection in principle if the superfluous land is restored to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas as well as other original owners after determining the extent of land required for proper access to and enjoyment of rights in the disputed area for preparing and plan maps.”

The Centre sought suitable modification/vacation/varying of the March 31, 2003 status quo order, so that it could “discharge its duty” and restore the undisputed land to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and other original owners.

Government’s move will pave way for construction of Ram temple, says BJP

Meanwhile, the BJP on Tuesday called the government’s decision to move Supreme Court seeking its nod for giving a part of the 67 acres of undisputed land to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas “important” and said it will pave the way for construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The party also clarified that the government was not touching the disputed land in Ayodhya.

“Today’s decision is important and will pave the way for construction of Ram temple,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told a press conference here at party headquarters.

He said the BJP is committed to construction of Ram temple and that it would try to take the required legal measures.

“The Prime Minister had also clarified in his television interview that people want the temple but the matter is sub judice and measures will be taken accordingly. Today’s application is also a legal decision,” he said.

Javadekar said the government’s decision of wanting to return excess land around the disputed site in Ayodhya to original owners, is being welcomed by people from all quarters.

“The government’s in-principle decision to return the excess land which was acquired in 1994 to the original land owners is important. One of the landowners for 42 acres in 67 acres is the Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas. So, the government wants to give the land back to the Nyas as they want to build the temple there,” he said.

He said this was a 70-year-old dispute and that too much delay is one hindrances.

“We expect this application will be sanctioned immediately,” the senior BJP leader said.

Javadekar hit out at Congress accusing it of delaying the construction of Ram temple by creating legal hurdles.

“The BJP always wanted the temple to be built there, but the Congress intends to create hurdles. They, in fact, questioned the existence of Lord Ram. In the Ram Setu case, Rahul Gandhi was in role of Ravana,” he said.

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