After hearing it for 40 days, the Supreme Court has reserved its judgment in the Ayodhya title case on 16 October. The final verdict is expected in November. Ayodhya issue holds special importance in the country in general and in Uttar Pradesh in particular.
To know what the opposition in the state is expecting, Anurag Sason has an in-depth conversation with veteran Samajwadi Party leader and MP of Rajya Sabha for Uttar Pradesh Kunwar Rewati Raman Singh.
Here are important excerpts from the exclusive interview: (Scroll down to watch the complete interview)
Q1) What are you expecting from Supreme Court’s decision in the Ayodhya title case?
Rewati Raman Singh: We can’t say what the judgment will be but we will accept it. However, according to my view judgment should be such that it satisfies both parties.
Q2) UP CM Yogi Adityanath has hinted that the judgment will be “a good news”. Your reaction.
Rewati Raman Singh: I don’t know what he’s trying to say but it is very strange that he’s making such kind of comments before the pronouncement of the judgment.
Q3) Samajwadi Party has a Muslim voter base. Keeping that in mind is the party expecting that the judgment should be a balanced one?
Rewati Raman Singh: I am saying that in the interest of the country the judgment should be a balanced one.
Q4) Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad’s (ABAP) saints are planning to visit Mathura. They are saying that many mosques there are built on Hindu temples and Muslims should give up those too. How do you see this development?
Rewati Raman Singh: If this will happen then there will be no end to it. It will create chaos in the entire country.
Q5) For the last many years you have been continuously running a campaign–Aviral Nirmal Ganga. Tell us something about it.
Rewati Raman Singh: I personally believe that river Ganga should not be trapped in the networks of dams. The river should be allowed to flow freely. Dams have become redundant.
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Q6) How you see the tenure of UP CM Yogi Adityanath?
Rewati Raman Singh: It will be wrong to see the tenure of Yogi Adityanath only. Policies are decided at the Centre by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Here, only the implementation takes place.
Q7) What is more important-construction of Ram temple, employment for youths or making the economy stronger?
Rewati Raman Singh: First, employment of youth. Second, making the economy stronger and third, construction of Ram temple.
Q8) Which government is more capable at the Centre-Congress or BJP?
Rewati Raman Singh: See, right now it is difficult to answer this but our party will never support BJP at the Centre.
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