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Saffron brigade to invoke Ram yet again

india Updated: Jul 27, 2010 17:38 IST
Manish/HT Correspondent
Manish/HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Vishwa Hindu Parishad

The saffron brigade, hoping for divine intervention, is all set to invoke the Lord yet again, for electoral gains.

Beginning August 16, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), would kick start the Hanuman Shakti Jagran, during which the VHP volunteers would reach out to the people and make them take a pledge to help in the construction of the temple in Ayodhya.

"This time, instead of VHP leaders, you would see the saints take charge of the temple campaign," said a VHP leader.

Ashok Singhal, the senior leader, during his recent visit to the temple town had urged the Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad to come forward and take charge of the temple movement. The BJP too has started talking temple, all over again. Surya Pratap Shahi, (58), the RSS man, chosen as UP BJP chief in May, has given enough signals to suggest as much. Having begun his new innings with a visit to Ayodhya, where he pledged support to the "pious cause", Shahi, with firebrand BJP leader Vinay Katiyar by his side, too has started talking temple afresh. "We have never really given up on Ayodhya.

Ram is very much there at the bottom of our hearts and in our minds. In fact the day we have a government on our own, we guarantee that the temple would become a reality," he said. Varun Gandhi the BJP's poster boy has been talking temple in most of his public meetings. In most of his meetings, he has been talking of the need to protect gau (cow), save ganga and construct mandir (in each locality).

The RSS think tank, which sees a Congress hand behind the recent
allegations that some Sangh leaders had helped an accused in the Ajmer blasts case, too is busy devising strategies for the temple-issue.

A leader said, "For all you know BJP's Mission 2012 may be woven with a generous dose of religious rhetoric." BJP's state vice president Lallu Singh clearly favors a return to the party's hardcore Hindutva approach.

The saffron brigade, it appears, still sees its best bet in the Lord.