The Bharatiya Janata Party wants the Ram temple in Ayodhya to be constructed at the earliest, its president Amit Shah asserted at the party's national convention on Friday and accused the Congress of putting 'hurdles' in resolution of the issue.
Shah's reiteration of the party's stand on the issue in his inaugural address drew the most enthusiastic response from thousands of its members at Ramlila Maidan, underscoring its resonance with the saffron party's rank and file.
"The BJP wants the Ram temple constructed at the earliest at the same site. Let there be no doubt," Shah said.
He asserted that the party is making all efforts to ensure that the matter is resolved in the Supreme Court as soon as possible.
The court is adjudicating on the Ram temple title case and has fixed January 29 as the next date of hearing.
Accusing the Congress of creating hurdles in early resolution of the matter in the court, Shah asked the opposition party to make its stand clear on the matter.
In presence of top party leaders at the convention including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah said the BJP wants the issue to be resolved constitutionally.
Hindutva organisations, including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, have repeatedly expressed their frustration at the 'delay' in the case and have demanded that the Modi government bring a law to pave the way for the temple's construction at the site in Ayodhya, considered to be the birth place of Lord Ram. -- PTI
IMAGE: BJP president Amit Shah addresses on the first day of BJP National Executive Meet, at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, on Friday. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo