Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today finds himself in a position to take a call on the Ram Mandir issue. The matter is pending in the Supreme Court. Appeals have been filed against the verdict of the Lucknow Bench of the high court and hence the options may be limited.
Adityanath has very often during his campaign spoken about building the Ram Mandir. With 325 seats in the UP assembly along with allies, Yogi finds himself in a strong position to go ahead with an ordinance to build the temple at Lord Ram's birthplace, Ayodhya.
The first of the options before the UP CM is an ordinance. There are arguments -- both for and against -- in this regard. Some feel that a Temple Building Ordinance could help overcome the proceedings in the Supreme Court. Others are of the view that the dispute relates to immovable property and hence the UP government cannot take the ordinance route and would have to wait for the outcome of the Supreme Court's order.
The other option is to get Parliament to pass a legislation. It would need to be passed in both houses of Parliament. While the BJP can sail through such a legislation in the Lok Sabha, it would immediately find the going tough in the Rajya Sabha. However, its numbers are likely to improve by next year and then it could make the push for such a legislation. By 2018 the NDA will have 98 members in the upper house of Parliament. It could bank on the AIADMK to get such a legislation passed.