West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Dilip Ghosh on Saturday questioned the Trinamool Congress' silence on the Ayodhya verdict. The Trinamool Congress always prefers silence when it comes to taking a stand on issues related to national and social interests, he said.
Hailing the Supreme Court verdict on the disputed land at Ayodhya as "historic", Mr Ghosh said the BJP and the saffron camp had spearheaded the Ram Janambhoomi movement for a long time and would "definitely get political benefits once the temple is built".
Asked whether the BJP would get any political dividends from the issue, Mr Ghosh said the saffron camp had been leading the movement for a long time but not for any political benefits.
"But if there are any such gains it will definitely benefit us."
"I would like to thank the apex court for its historic judgement. All of us should respect the court judgement. We are hopeful that the temple would be built soon. Hundreds of 'kar sevaks', who had lost their lives during the Ram Janambhoomi movement, will now rest in peace," he told a press conference here.
Asked to comment on the silence of the Trinamool Congress leadership on the top court's verdict on Ayodhya land dispute, he dared the ruling party of West Bengal to take a stand.
"Whenever there is an issue pertaining to national security, the TMC leadership either goes silent or takes a stand which is completely against the interests of the nation and society," Mr Ghosh said.
"This time too the same thing has happened. I would ask them to come out clean on whether they support it (the judgement) or oppose it. I am sure they won't be able to answer my question," he added.
A five-judge Constitution bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday put an end to the more than a century old dispute.
The court in its unanimous verdict cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
The mosque should be constructed at a "prominent site", allotted either by the Centre or the Uttar Pradesh government, and a trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the site many Hindus believe Lord Ram was born, the court directed.