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HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times | Agra | May 21, 2017:: BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy emphasised that the Ram temple in Ayodhya should be built by 2018, and Article 370 imposed in Kashmir should be dropped by 2019.
Swamy made these remarks during the ‘Narad Jayanti’ celebrations organised by the Agra VSK (Vishwa Samvada Kendra) unit of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).
“ASI experts have found remains of the temple at the site where the Babri Masjid stood. Even those contesting in court against the Ram temple say that the mosque was there only for the last 500 years,” he said, adding that he would knock on the doors of the Supreme Court in July with regards to his right to worship.
“40,000 temples were demolished during the rule of invaders. We have settled for constructing temples at three sites only, including Mathura, Ayodhya and Varanasi. This should be amicably allowed by the Muslims,” he added.
In his 45-minute address, Swamy also heaped praise on Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar and former prime minister PV Narsimha Rao, but was severy critical of the country’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru. “Former prime minister Narasimha Rao deserves a Bharat Ratna and I expect that the BJP regime will honour him with this much deserved award.”
However, coming down heavily on Nehru, Swamy suggested renaming the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
“Nehru failed in his Kashmir policy. On the other hand, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ensured the merger of 600 smaller states with India.”
Calling Article 370 a temporary provision of the Constitution, Swamy said it could be removed by the president on the union cabinet’s recommendation.
Lauding the Indian Constitution for envisaging equality between genders, he said provisions like ‘triple talaq’, which were against Muslim women, could not be allowed to continue.
He also attacked the Congress Party, saying it was time for former finance minister P Chidambaram to be arrested. “A day will come when the Congress Working Committee will hold its meeting in Tihar Jail with most of its leaders behind bars for their misdeeds.”
Swamy also extended support to the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. “Criminal activities are happening in UP to malign his governance. Time is required to correct the situation in this state, which has been deteriorating for over a decade.”