A day after the Supreme Court made it clear that Ayodhya dispute would not be heard before January, Haryana minister Anil Vij on Tuesday took a dig at the apex court for turning down the demands for early hearing in the case. He said that while the SC could hear a late-night plea to delay the hanging of Mumbai attacks convict Yakub Menon, it can also give a date on the issue of Ram Mandir.
“Supreme Court mahan hai (The Supreme Court is great),” the Haryana Health Minister said while using the phrase twice in his tweet.
“If it so wishes it can open its doors on 29 July 2014 for an appeal to delay the death sentence awarded to 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon. And if it wants, it can give a date on the issue of Ram Mandir, for which crores of Indians are eagerly waiting. The Supreme Court is great,” the tweet in Hindi read.
The Yakub Memon hearing was actually during the pre-dawn hours of July 30, 2015.
Vij, while interacting with media in Ambala, made a similar comment. “The court is great,” he said. “It can stay awake till midnight to hear the Yakub Memon case and it can extend the hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi title case for three months, while crores of Indians wait for it,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
The minister, who is not new to making controversial statements, said that people from every corner of the country wanted the Union government to bring an ordinance so that the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya can begin at the earliest.
On Monday, as Supreme court turned down the requests for early hearings in the Ayodhya case, right-wing groups including the VHP and the RSS expressed displeasure over the ‘delay’.
The Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has decided to reach out to the Trinamool Congress, Congress and Left Front MPs in the state to garner support for the construction of Ram Mandir in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya.