Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminded the country how the “government, political parties, social organisations, civil society, representatives of all sects” prevented attempts to create fissures in 2010 following the Allahabad High Court ruling on the Ayodhya title suits, the RSS Wednesday said “everyone should accept” the Supreme Court verdict in the matter with an “open mind”.
A Constitution Bench, after hearing appeals against the Allahabad High Court ruling on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits, reserved its judgment which is expected before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.
The RSS, whose affiliates including the VHP spearheaded a campaign for a Ram temple in Ayodhya leading to the destruction of the Babri Masjid at the disputed site in 1992, also said that it is “everyone’s responsibility that the atmosphere in the country should remain cordial” after the Supreme Court rules on the matter.
The RSS, in fact, is discussing the matter at a two-day meeting of its senior functionaries that began in Delhi Wednesday. For this, the RSS has deferred the October 30-November 5 Haridwar meeting of its pracharaks who are on deputation with over three dozen affiliate organisations.
In a Twitter post, Arun Kumar, Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh of the RSS, said: “The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its verdict on Shri Ramjanmabhoomi case in next few days. Whatever be the verdict, everyone should accept it with open mind. After the judgment, it is everyone’s responsibility that the atmosphere in the country should remain cordial. This issue is also being discussed in the meeting.”
Sources said BJP president Amit Shah, working president J P Nadda and general secretary B L Santhosh were also present at the Delhi meeting.
The RSS, sources said, did not want pracharaks to leave their stations for the meeting in Haridwar in view of the awaited Supreme Court ruling. “They need to remain at their respective stations, maintain vigil and ensure peace and harmony following the verdict,” sources said.
The RSS appeal for acceptance of the verdict with an “open mind” is significant given that it mounted pressure on the government last year, demanding a legislation for the Ram temple in Ayodhya.