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VHP hopes to cash-in on landslide victory

delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2007 01:05 IST
Hemendra Singh Bartwal
Hemendra Singh Bartwal
Hindustan Times
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The VHP is planning to hold a "mega - rally" at Rohini on Sunday expected to be attend by top Hindu religious heads and a large number of Sangh Parivar activists from all over the country.

Convinced that the Hindutva vote was a major factor behind Narendra Modi-led BJP's big victory in the recently concluded Gujarat Assembly elections, the VHP's massive show of strength in the Capital aims to send a strong political message to the ruling Congress and its allies that they cannot afford to ignore people's sentiments on the Ram Setu and Ayodhya temple issues.

With elections due in several states next year including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi besides the parliamentary election in 2009, the Sangh Parivar leadership feels that the time is ripe to drive home the importance of the Hindu vote bank to all political parties.

"Even within the Congress and its UPA allies, there are many leaders who support our viewpoint on Ram Setu and Ayodhya. We are in touch with them…This movement is directly linked to Hindutva and I feel it will also pave the way for construction of the Ram temple. Work on the temple will start soon, in a few months, and there is a possibility that this will be achieved through enactment of a legislation in Parliament," VHP supremo Ashok Singhal said on Wednesday.

Pravin Togadia and other senior leaders of the RSS-backed Hindu outfit accompanied Singhal.

He claimed that Railway Minister Lalu Prasad was among the UPA leaders opposed to the demolition of the Setu and he had admitted the same to the VHP leader in a meeting where the latter sought a smooth passage on trains for the large number of Sangh cadres who will come to Delhi for the rally. The VHP chief also appealed to BSP leader Mayawati for support on the Setu issue, saying he hoped that she would seriously consider the matter.