All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi today took a dig at firebrand BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and said that he ‘has been given the task of Ram Mandir’s completion, so that he doesn’t bother Prime Minister Narendra Modi’.
Owaisi and Swami were participating at an event organized by a television news channel.
Meanwhile, Swamy revealed his ‘plan b’ to construct the Ram Temple in Ayodhya in case the Supreme Court delivers verdict favouring minorities. He also expressed confidence that the Supreme Court will soon begin daily hearing in the matter and deliver its judgement favouring Ram Temple.
Talking about his ‘plan b’, the controversial BJP MP said that if the verdict goes against them, then the BJP will bring a bill in the Parliament just like the Congress had done in Shah Bano case.
“Next year, we will get majority in the Rajya Sabha as well, we can pass a law,” Swamy added.
“We can overturn the Supreme Court verdict if it goes against us. I am confident that we will win,” said Swamy.
Owaisi, who was also present on the dais, took a dig again and said that Swamy had last year said that the ‘construction of Ram Temple will begin by end of December’, but it didn’t happen.
Owaisi further dared Swamy to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘order for a daily hearing in the matter’. “When the Supreme Court can function during the summer vacation (to discuss triple talaq), why can’t the court start daily hearing in the matter?” he questioned.
To a question about Chief Justice of India’s offer of mediation by a Supreme Court judge, Owaisi said, “The SC knows very well that it can’t offer to mediate without seeking the consent of original petitioners. The SC is running away from delivering the verdict,” claimed Owaisi.
Congress leader Pramod Tiwari, the third speaker on the panel, lashed out at both saying ‘Ayodhya is a political issue for them and they want to keep this alive for their political gains’.
“The issue (Ram Mandir) is a political matter for the BJP. It is not a matter of faith for them,” said Tiwari.