Amidst the stand-off over conversions, it is the Ayodhya temple which is in focus now. Citing “full majority” of the saffron forces in the Lok Sabha, senior Shiv Sena member Chandrakant Khaire Monday called upon the Narendra Modi government to build a temple at the disputed Ayodhya site.
Khaire recalled that in response to his query in the 13th Lok Sabha, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said let there be a complete majority (for BJP) to enable the Ram temple to come up. “I want to state that now we have a full majority…We (NDA) have 335 members…All the people want that the Ram Temple should be built during the rule of respected (Narendra) Modiji,” he said during the Zero Hour.
While emphasising again that the NDA had a majority in the Lower House, Khaire, who represents the Aurangabad constituency of Maharashtra, said, “Nobody would speak” (if the Ram Temple was built).
Since the presence on the opposition benches was very thin when Khaire spoke, protests by a handful of Congress and Left MPs were unable to stop Khaire.