Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia on Saturday hinted at the Hindutva organisation contemplating some move for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, saying a decision on the issue may be taken “within a week”.
“Karenge (we shall do something),” the VHP International president replied when asked if VHP would take steps for the construction of the temple following the indifferent attitude of the government on the issue.
“Decision for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya may be taken within a week,” he said when asked why the construction has been put in abeyance despite a BJP-led government at the Centre.
“The decision can be taken within one hour, after calling a special session of Parliament,” he said, adding that the process does not require even a week.
“The decision about construction of the temple may be taken, and the formalities for the construction may be completed later gradually,” he said.
Meanwhile Togadia termed the Donald Trump administration’s decisions affecting US-based Indians as “unfortunate”.
“The (Indian) government should do everything for protecting Hindus living in different countries like Australia, America, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia etc,” he demanded when asked about steps the government should take to ensure security of Hindus abroad, especially in the US.
Togadia demanded withdrawal of the advisory issued against cow protectors due to a reported increase in cow slaughter.
He said the order terming ‘gaurakshaks’ as “vigilantes” was absolutely wrong since they only protect cows from slaughter.
“In fact, the culprits are ‘kasai’ (butchers) since they are involved in cow slaughtering,” he said, adding that butchers were the ones who deserve punishment.
“The order of the government is absolutely wrong as such orders had never been given in the past,” Togadia said.
Asked for his reaction on the statement of Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain who said India should “withdraw” from Kashmir otherwise it would spell disaster, he said, “Pakistan should be given a befitting reply with guns and tanks”.