• A BJP lawmaker from Karnataka has said he will move a Private Members’ Bill during the winter session of parliament to facilitate the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya.
• It becoming the second legislator of the ruling party to make a similar claim this month.
• Prahlad Joshi, who represents Dharwad in the Lok Sabha, said he had given an assurance to sadhus at a gathering organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Hubballi in Karnataka on Sunday.
• The winter session, the last full sitting of parliament before the 2019 national election, will take place from December 11 to January 8.
• BJP Rajya Sabha member Rakesh Sinha had said he would move a Private Members’ Bill for the early construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and had questioned how many opposition parties would support his move.
• The Private Members’ Bills, which are introduced by members individually and not by the government, are rarely passed in Parliament and are often used to make a point.
• The Ram temple demand has intensified months ahead of the national election, spurred by the Supreme Court rejecting an early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid title dispute case early this month.
• The ruling BJP is facing calls from a section of its leaders, right-wing groups, and ally Shiv Sena for an ordinance, or executive order, to facilitate the building of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, after the top court posted the case to January.
• A bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said it had already listed the petitions for January, rejecting the Uttar Pradesh government’s argument that it was a 100-year-old dispute that should be taken up for urgent hearing.
Mains Paper 2: Polity | Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers and privileges and issues arising out of these
Prelims level: Private members bill, Parliamentary procedures related to passing of bills
Mains level: Various provisions in constitution to empower democracy