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Singhal accuses 'forces' of blocking temple construction

The Ram temple issue will be discussed on Nov 19 where a mass public awareness campaign will be held, reports HS Bartwal.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 23:56 IST
HS Bartwal

Accusing the “secular forces” and Left parties of attempting to delay the Allahabad High Court’s final judgement in the Ayodhya case, VHP chief Ashok Singhal on Tuesday appealed to Hindu MPs from all political parties not to raise hurdles in the path of Ram temple construction at the disputed site.

“Some secular forces are trying hard to ensure that the (Ayodhya) case judgement is inordinately delayed ... The forces opposed to Hindutva are well known to us. I appeal to all Hindus in Parliament to let the Ram Janmbhoomi temple be built soon without any hindrances,” he said.

Claiming that the court was close to pronouncing its final verdict in the case that has dragged on for so many years, Singhal expressed concern that most of the judges hearing it were due to retire soon.

If the case pulled on any longer, it would have to be heard by new judges who would take time to familiarise themselves with its intricaciesthereby putting off the verdict further, he stated.

Dwarka Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand was also targeted by the VHP leader who accused him of trying to stall the court case through his “negative utterances” and having created hurdles in the way of temple construction earlier.

The issue would be deliberated at a meeting of Hindu religious heads in Ayodhya on November 19 where further strategy would be formulated on taking up temple construction and conducting a mass public awareness campaign for the purpose.

First Published: Oct 31, 2006 23:56 IST