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VHP bats for law to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya, lines up programmes to push demand

The Hindu organisation makes the announcement weeks after firebrand Hindu monk-turned politician Yogi Adityanath assumes power in UP

india Updated: Apr 10, 2017 07:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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VHP leader Praveen Togadia reiterates demand for a law to pave the way for construction of Ram temple (HT File Photo )

The VHP on Saturday announced a slew of programmes to push for a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and reiterated its demand for enacting a law to pave the way for the temple construction .

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will hold a “sankalp( resolution) programme” in 5000 places across the country on April 5, coinciding with the Ram Navami, to press for the demand.

The programme will be followed by a conference of Hindu seers at Haridwar in June.

The latest VHP programmes come weeks after firebrand Hindu monk-turned politician Yogi Adityanath assumes power in UP.

The VHP, is an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)--the ideological fountainhead of the BJP.

The programmes are perceived by many as an attempt by the organisation to mount pressure on Modi and his party BJP to find a solution to the controversial issue.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested all parties concerned should sit together to arrive at a consensus to amicably settle the contentious the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi issue, which the top court described as “sensitive” and “sentimental.”

“We are confident that Yogi and Modi will fulfill the desire of Hindus,” VHP working president Praveen Togadia told reporters in Delhi.

Construction of temple in Ayodhya was one of the poll promises of the BJP in the recently concluded assembly elections in UP, where the party came back to power after 15 years with three fourth majority.

The firebrand VHP leader reminded the BJP about a resolution it passed in the Palampur conclave of the party in 1987, wherein it called for construction of a Ram temple by enacting a law in Parliament.

“The BJP stands by that resolution even today. The party also promised to try and find a solution to the dispute through constitutional provisions in its election manifesto for UP,” Togadia said.

He said the VHP too wants that a law should be enacted to pave the way for construction of the temple.

“It was time that a solution to the Ram temple dispute is worked out by enacting a law,” the VHP leader reiterated.

First Published: Mar 25, 2017 20:13 IST