New Delhi, India — The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a stay on the government’s plans to build a temple in the northern Indian city of Sikkim after the ruling was appealed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
The court said a government court ruling that the Hindu temple in Jammu and Kashmir should be built there did not give any grounds for stopping the construction of the temple.
The ruling came two days after a similar ruling by a Delhi court in the case.
The government said it had complied with the court’s orders to build the temple in a matter of weeks.
The ruling comes as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has said he will not seek re-election in 2019 unless the country’s ruling Bharat Sangh Party wins a majority in the Lok Sabha elections.
The BJP has been in power in India since May 2019.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a former Sikh, has promised to build an all-India temple to the god Ganesha, a Hindu goddess who is often worshipped by Hindus and Sikhs.
But he has not specified where the temple will be built.
The BJP has led a series of protests against the government in the Indian capital, accusing the ruling party of violating the Constitution.
India’s largest religious organization, the Bajrang Dal, is also seeking to have the construction halted.