Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that an ordinance on Ram Temple can happen only after the legal process is over, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said “irrespective of what the PM says, my stance is clear on the issue. We have faith in Ram and also strongly believe the temple should be built at the site in Ayodhya”.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event in Sewadan School on Wednesday, Bhagwat said he endorsed the statement by Bhaiyyaji Joshi , RSS Sarkaryavaha, his deputy, which came soon after the PM’s interview on Monday.
Importantly, in his speech at the event, Bhagwat appeared to refer to uncertainty about the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls.
Speaking on education policy he said “the policy needs to be changed. It is learnt a new policy has been framed but there is not much time left. Its implementation depends on how things take shape in future.”
Clarifying he was not aware of what Modi’s statement was, Joshi said everyone in the country wanted Ram Temple to be built.
A day later Bhagwat said he fully agreed with what Joshi said. However, a tweet on RSS’s official handle which soon followed the PM’s interview appeared to be agreeing with Modi’s statement in the TV interview. It read, “we feel the statement by PM is a positive step in the direction of temple construction. The PM reiterating the resolve to construct a grand Sri Ram Temple in Ayodhya in his interview is in tune with the resolution passed by BJP at Palampur in 1989.”
Joshi, who spoke to reporters on Tuesday after the Prime Minister’s comments on Ram temple, had said RSS was firm on its stance that it wanted a law on building the temple at Ayodhya.