Ayodhya:The Politics Of Hate at India Today Conclave
9th March,2018,Mumbai: The issue of Ram Temple is an issue of faith and not about a piece of land and that the temple will soon come up at Ayodhaya , BJP's official spokesperson Sambit Patra told a excited gathering at the India Today Conclave at Mumbai in response to the AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi's statement that the people's religious faith was less important before the court then the issue of title suit in the Ayodhaya case.
Participatingin a discussion on " Ayodhaya : Politics of Hate ' Patra , Owaisi andCongress leader Sanjay Nirupam sent the temperatures soaring at the Conclave asthey presented their divergent view before the people with their vigour, logicand powerful one liners .' Between Freedom of equality and religious faith itis the former that will prevail before the court if one goes by jurisprudence', Owaisi said. Both Owaisi and Patra wanted the verdict onAyodhyaya to come after the 2019 polls to prevent the issue from beingpoliticised prompting Patra to say that the two political parties feared thepolitical impact of the verdict.
Sparksindeed started flying when Nirupam said that Ayodhaya was purely a politicalissue for the BJP to be milked for political purposes and that it would prolongthe issue as much as possible so that it can play politics on it before comingup with a one liner : For BJP it is " Ram Mandir Vahin BanayanegePar Tariq Nahin Batayenge '. He also accused the two parties of playing afriendly political match for the sake of votes.
Owaisiaccused the the Congress of sacrificing secularism saying it was theCongress which was in power When idols were kept inside a small temple in 1948,Locks were opened in 1986 and the Babri masjid was demolished in 1992. Patra onthe other hand accused Owaisi of paying only lip service to the sanctity of theSC when the latter said that only acourt verdict could decide the issue whilerejecting the suggestion that the Muslims should support the construction ofthe temple on the spot for a lasting solution to the vexed issue. Patracited Owaisi's recent speech in Hyderabad in which he said that the judiciaryhad no right to decide on the issues to do with Muslim's personal law.
Thediscussion remained hot till the last minute of the event thus indicating theshape of the political road map on the issue on the eve of the 2019 polls -