Haryana minister Anil Vij on Tuesday took a dig at the Supreme Court for turning down demands for early hearings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute when it could hear a late-night plea against the execution of Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon.
“Supreme Court mahan hai chahe to 29 July 2014 ko 1993 Mumbai Bamb Dhamakon ke doshi Yakub Memon ki fansi ki saja talane ke liye court ka darwaja rat ko khol de and chahe to Ram Mandir jisake liye karoron bharatwasi taktaki lagaye intjar kar rahe hon usko tarikh de de. Supreme Court Mahan hai (Supreme Court is great. If it wishes, it may open courtrooms at night on July 29, 2014 for an appeal to delay the hanging of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, while in the case of Ram Temple, for which crores of Indians are eagerly waiting for a date, it may schedule another hearing if it wishes),” Vij tweeted.
When contacted by The Indian Express, Vij refused to elaborate. “Just read the tweet, no further comment from my side,” he said. However, Vij told news agency ANI that a law should be framed by Lok Sabha to ensure construction of Ram Temple as “the matter is getting delayed day by day”.
Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Ran Singh Mann has accused Vij of trying to divert public attention from real issues by making such remarks on sensitive issues, especially ahead of polls.
“The real issues before people are rising prices of petrol and inflation, but BJP leaders want nobody to talk about such issues,” said Mann.