ASHOK SINGHAL, international president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), on Wednesday ruled out any possibility of a mandir-masjid co-existence. “The parishad has resolved not to permit masjid on the premises of the Ram temple,” he said.
Singhal, who was speaking at a Viraat Dharma Sabha here, said, “Any move to construct masjid on the premises will be opposed and the youth will rise against it once again”. He said the VHP had also resolved not to allow the construction of another Babri Masjid anywhere in the country.
With an oblique reference to Swami Swaroopanand’s wish to construct a replica of Cambodia’s Ankor Vat- temple in Ayodhya, he said there was no room for such an idea and the material for temple have already been readied.
He said Rs 8.25 crore had been collected for the temple and rubbished Swami Swaroopanand’s charge that the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas had Rs 800-crore temple fund.
The VHP veteran said a Hindu Sammelan would be held on February 11, 12 and 13 during Ardha Kumbh to take important decisions.
Without naming Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, the VHP leader alleged that the sole motive of the ‘foreigner’ was to encourage conversions. He said 18 different types of churches were terrorising people in the North-East for conversion. He added that huge amount of money was being pumped into Bihar, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Assam for conversion.
The VHP leader lamented that lakhs of temples across the country were disappearing. He claimed that in Kerala 15,000 temples had disappeared. He urged youths to ‘wage a war’ to protect temples.
Swami Ramvilas Das ‘Vedanti’ criticised the Congress and the SP for their “appeasement policy” towards Muslims.