Raking up the Hindutva agenda, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately allot the land for Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya and declaration of Rama Setu as national heritage. In a detailed letter, he argued that the legal advisors of the Central Government wrongly sought the Supreme Court’s permission to hand over the undisputed land of 67 acres to Ram Janambhumi Nyas Samit, while the Centre was empowered to decide itself.
“This submission of the Solicitor General was erroneously made on two counts (a) that the Government requires no permission whatsoever of the Supreme Court to hand over the nationalized Ayodhya land and which is in the possession of the Government. By virtue of Article 300A of the Constitution, and numerous case law of the Supreme Court on land acquisition, the Union Government has Eminent Domain to take over anybody’s land or property in public interest” said Swamy citing Narasimha Rao Government’s affidavit, pointing out that all parties except Ram Janmabhumi Nyas Samiti had accepted compensation.
“Therefore the Government under the power vested in it by the Constitution can allocate, for any public purpose, to anybody the Ayodhya land (including disputed land) without the permission of the Supreme Court. All that the Government is required, as a courtesy, is to assure the Court that just compensation will be paid to the decided title holder as determined by the Supreme Court. In fact, as a generosity both the parties can be paid compensation if they withdraw their respective appeals in the Supreme Court before adjudication,” said Swamy
In his 22-page long letter and documents to the Prime Minister, Swamy cited the Narasimha Rao Government’s affidavit and Cabinet decision to allot land to Hindu’s if the archeological survey finds the existence of a temple. He also cited his argument points before the Supreme Court’s mediation panel on the matter. The detailed letter is published below the article.
The BJP MP also urged the Prime Minister that the Government must declare Rama Setu as national heritage and declare it before the Supreme Court, where the next hearing is scheduled on July 1. “This project was originally cleared in 2002 by NDA Government under pressure of its DMK ally. On the intervention of late Shri Ashok Singhal, President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, I was asked to file the writ petition… Subsequently, the Supreme Court granted me a Stay in the matter. After marathon arguments in Court in 2008 for canceling the project, the Union of India agreed to explore an alternative route for Setu Samudram Shipping Canal Project without touching the Rama Setu,” said Swamy detailing the timeline of the case.
“After you become Prime Minister and subsequently in 2018 the Supreme Court was informed when I raised the matter again, that Rama Setu will not be touched; but the issue of making Rama Setu as National Heritage Monument, although according to my information was cleared by the Ministry of Culture, did not come up for approval at the Cabinet level for whatever reason,” said Swamy.
Subramanian Swamy letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi is published below:
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