Government not touching disputed land: BJP on Centre's plea in Supreme Court on Ayodhya

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 29, 2019, 06:06 PM(IST)

File photo: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. Photograph:( ANI )

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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters it would be up to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas what it does with the land returned to it and the government would not interfere in that.

Defending the government's plea in the Supreme Court to return excess land acquired by it in Ayodhya to their original owners, the BJP on Tuesday said the Centre is not touching the disputed area.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters it would be up to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas what it does with the land returned to it and the government would not interfere in that.

The Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking its permission to return the excess or superfluous land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi Babri Masjid site to original owners, including the Nyas.

"Government is not touching the disputed land," news agency PTI quoted Javadakar as saying at a press conference hours after the government filed its plea in the apex court.

Javadekar also said that "PM had clarified that people want temple but the matter is sub-judice and measures will be taken accordingly", adding that today's application is also a legal decision.

"Whatever legal measure is required, BJP will try for that. PM had clarified that people want temple the but matter is sub-judice and measures will be taken accordingly. Today's application is also a legal decision," he said.

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Javadekar then attacked Congress party saying that it always "tries to block the process" and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal's argument of allotting a date for hearing in the "matter only after July is evident to that."

"Congress always tries to block the process. Kapil Sibal's argument of allotting a date for hearing in the matter only after July'19 is evident to that. They don't believe in Ram. Affidavit submitted by the then Congress government on Ram Setu called it imaginary" Javadekar said.

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(With inputs from news agencies)

 

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