These leaders underlined that they are not against construction of the temple, as the Supreme Court verdict favoured it. They argued that the party and some of the leaders should have reflected the sentiments of the minorities, too.
The CPI hit out at the Prime Minister for drawing a parallel between the freedom struggle and Ram mandir movement, arguing that the PM’s remarks and his presence as the head of the government at the bhoomi pujan event marked a “dark day for democracy and secularism in India”.
The decision to drop the sedition charge and transfer the cases to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) comes days after Gehlot said that he will welcome back the rebel MLAs if the party leadership “forgives them”.
The Congress invoked faith and humanity, from Priyanka Gandhi Vadra underlining the inclusive, all-encompassing nature of Ram to Kamal Nath hosting Hanuman Chalisa at home and announcing that he would send 11 silver bricks for the construction of the temple.
While the party understands that any “false step” could hurt its prospects further in the Hindi heartland, a section of its leaders believes the Congress should shed its silence as the BJP looks to consolidate its Hindutva base by recentering the Ayodhya issue.
Rajeev Satav, a Rajya Sabha MP considered close to Rahul Gandhi triggered a row at a meeting of the party's Upper House MPs on Thursday. Satav suggested that introspection in the party, if need be, should begin from the UPA-2 period.
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The direction effectively means that rebel MLAs will not be required to submit their reply to the Speaker and no action can be taken against them till the hearing resumes in the Supreme Court on July 27.
A fortnight of resort politics later, the fight is now over convening of the Assembly session for a trial of strength. Gehlot wants a session, but Governor Kalraj Mishra is yet to give his nod. In Madhya Pradesh, the case was just the opposite.
Ashok Gehlot said, "The crisis is not on account of anything related to performance of the state government. This problem has been created by over-ambition of Shri Sachin Pilot and a small group of MLAs of my party who are playing in the hands of the BJP."