NEW DELHI: Once the subject of derision in opposition slogans like “mandir wahi banayenge, par tarikh nahi batayenge (will build Ram temple, but will not reveal the date)”, BJP is now on the verge of fulfilling yet another “Hindutva” promise.
Saturday’s SC verdict is a satisfying denouement for BJP — which took up Ram temple as a political cause and faced a long spell of isolation — as it is now well placed to completely oversee the construction of the shrine that it has held to be a “national aspiration”.
The Modi government will appoint the trust and board in accordance with the court order and this will give VHP a chance to translate its vision of a “bhavya mandir” into reality. The momentum turned decisively in BJP’s favour after Narendra Modi won the 2014 election with a majority even though the court case straggled on.
The mainstreaming of Hindutva under him reduced the veto powers of allies like JD(U). The enhanced majority in 2019, though not a matter that weighed on legal arguments, only served to strengthen the Ayodhya case as did the elevation of Yogi Adityanath as UP CM in 2017.
The judgment also comes as a respite for BJP as it battles its ally Shiv Sena with reactions to the court verdict highlighting their shared Hindutva moorings.
The stalemate in Maharashtra continues but the verdict serves to underscore the incongruity of Sena allying with Congress and NCP. The judgment, coming in the wake of the goverment’s decision to junk Article 370, has again bolstered BJP’s larger claim over the Hindutva agenda and will add to the perception that tasks that once “seemed impossible”, can be made possible under Modi and Amit Shah’s leadership.

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