New Delhi: The BJP seems to be raising the controversial Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue in run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a petition against senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani in Babri Mosque demolition case.

BJP president Rajnath Singh has already devised a roadmap mentioning Ayodhya issue during the Maha Kumbh at Allahabad. The political corridor is abuzz that BJP is going to return to its old plank in the next general elections. That is why, BJP's Hindutva poster boy and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi dominated the BJP national council meeting in Delhi.  

Now, it became clear that if the BJP projects Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014 general elections, Ram Temple and development will be the main poll planks. It will be interesting to see that if the saffron party will sail through the general elections on Ram Temple poll plank.

Pros and Cons of Ayodhya issue:

In 1527, the Babri Mosque was built in Ayodhya. Hindus claim that it was built after demolishing a temple. Mir Baqi had named it Babri Mosque. The Hindus cite reasons that the existence of mosque at the controversial site is not mentioned in Babur’s Rojnamcha. On the contrary, the Muslims say that no Temple was in the existence when Babur constructed the Mosque.  

According to the Muslims, in 1949, then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had expressed displeasure over placing idols inside the Mosque. Imperial Gazette of India also mentions that Babur had got constructed the Mosque at the controversial site in 1528.

The controversy once again intensified in 1985 when erstwhile Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had ordered to open the locks of disputed structure at Ayodhya.  
The BJP reaped the electoral benefit from Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue in the polls.

Advani took out nationwide rath yatra for the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Babri Mosque was demolished by lakhs of Karsevaks on December 6, 1992 under the regime of Kalyan Singh. Soon after the demolition, the communal violence erupted across the country. PV Narsimha Rao Government set up an inquiry commission-headed by Justice Liberhan.

The court ordered a survey to find out whether a temple to Lord Ram existed at the disputed site. In August, the Indian Archeological Department conducted a survey which presented evidence of a temple under the mosque.

Pronouncing a historic verdict in September 2011, Allahabad High Court ordered to trifurcate the disputed site.


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