Reviving memories of its Ayodhya campaign, the BJP on Thursday warned the Centre that it would launch a nationwide movement if it did not immediately withdraw its affidavit that there was no historical evidence to prove Lord Ram's existence.
BJP chief Rajnath Singh, who is in Guwahati, told PTI over phone that he had requested former deputy prime minister LK Advani, who led the Ram temple movement in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, to discuss the matter with party office-bearers.
"The government has set in motion the process of questioning religious beliefs. We will launch a nationwide movement if it does not withdraw immediately this blasphemous submission questioning the very existence of Lord Ram," Singh said.
He also accused the government of insulting the Constitution, which he said contained images of Ram, Sita and Hanuman.
"The government has made an assault on Hindu sentiments, which cannot be tolerated at any cost," the BJP chief said.