Swamy is aggrieved that his warnings of and remedies for the economic collapse have fallen on tin ears, he would prefer to address these differences soon.
Veteran parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy needs no introduction, his savoir-faire is legendary, thanks to Coronavirus only a telephone chat was possible to discuss the issues of today.
After the successful realisation of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Swamy is focussing on the restoration of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Krishna Janmabhumi Temple in Mathura. Both Swamy and Prof MD Nalapat chose to join these holy sites together with the Ram Mandir as symbolic restitution for the 40,000 Hindu Temples demolished by Islamic invaders since the 8th century, together they have campaigned to rebuild these holy sites since 2017. Once this has been accomplished Swamy and Nalapat feel that the injustice will have been addressed and no more demands to reclaim temples will be made.
Swamy’s first campaign is the Vishwanath Mandir because it is here the first of the twelve Jyotirlingas was delivered by a ball of fire, the temple has been destroyed and often rebuilt, and currently, the Shivalinga is trapped in a well. Then will follow the Krishna Janmabhumi restoration as this is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, also because both Ram and Krishna are avatars of Vishnu and Swamy is devoted Shaivite.
Swamy is busy filing a Public Interest Litigation to free 51 temples in Uttarakhand. It says it is against BJP ideology and against the Constitution to keep temple management under government control, priests should administer temples.
Swamy knows there are a couple of obstacles to leap over. First, in 1991 Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao passed an act that declared that once the Ram Mandir was built all other religious institutions standing on 15 August 1947 cannot be demolished. And there are some objections from Pakistan and other neighbours as well. Swamy suggested the Supreme Court is using Coronavirus as an excuse not to hear the Mukti Yajna Committee’s appeal to relook at the Places of Worship Act. Swamy is confident of his right to go to court and petition on matters of constitutionality and is confident that his fundamental right to pray argument trumps all objections; even if this is an irritant to the Honourable Prime Minister as Varanasi is his constituency, he expects progress in six months.
Swamy is busy filing a Public Interest Litigation to free 51 temples in Uttarakhand, he doesn’t believe in the hubris that goes with government control of temples, QED his success in the 2014 Natarajar Temple case. It says it is against BJP ideology and against the Constitution to keep temple management under government control, priests should administer temples.
Regarding the upcoming Tamil Nadu Legislative Elections and Sasikala’s new freedom, Swamy believes the lady is not ready to form an alliance with the BJP, a concept explored by MD Nalapat in The Sunday Guardian. Swamy thinks Sasikala has to be persuaded, that it is a deal worth doing and that he or Chandralekka are best positioned to do this, as Sasikala will not join of her own accord. Swamy is well known for holding people in and out of favour, even whilst prosecuting Jayalalitha he also maintained an alliance with the goddess of Tamil Nadu politics, they always had what is known in diplomatic circles as a special relationship.
Swamy relates how when Sasikala was not yet indicted, months away from the judgment, Sasikala has the majority of AIADMK MLA’s supporting her, she listed the MP’s and asked the Governor to invite her to form a government. But Delhi thought it was a better idea to split the party into three factions, thus the governor could not take a headcount and arbitrarily invited Edappadi Palanisamy to form a government. Swamy explains, therefore, Sasikala was deprived of being Chief Minister for a couple of months and then she was jailed; he adds that following her sentence she is a new person and that they now are good friends.
Swamy says he is not bothered who comes next in Tamil Nadu, he forecasts 5 seats for BJP within an alliance and zero for BJP going it alone. Swamy says he has no moral requirement to help the BJP, he was only given a Rajya Sabha seat as appeasement, he does not feel his contributions have been fairly acknowledged or indemnified. Swamy harbours a long list of differences with Prime Minister Modi, namely he advocates a stronger more aggressive and proactive stand on the LAC, he rejects the notion of disengagement. He says between 2006 and 2016 China has been encroaching on Indian territory and building cantonments, in contravention with the 1993 Agreement that the boundary issue would be resolved through peaceful and friendly consultations.
And Swamy is aggrieved that his warnings of and remedies for the economic collapse have fallen on tin ears, he would prefer to address these differences before he will use his influence in elections.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
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