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VHP throws spanner in Advani's wheel

''Ram temple is a vote catching device. VHP doesn't trust any party,'' it said.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2005 09:22 PM IST

Even as BJP President LK Advani attempts to revive the Ayodhya issue aggressively, VHP on Sunday said Ram temple was a "vote catching device" for politicians and it does not trust any political party.

"For politicians, Ram temple is a vote catching device but for us it is a question of faith", the Sangh Parivar outfit's Senior Vice-President Acharya Giriraj Kishore said.

He, however, did not name either BJP or Advani.

The RSS is understood to have advised VHP leaders not to make personalised attacks or criticise other Parivar organisations including BJP in public.

The VHP leader was responding to a question on whether VHP would support or seek the support of BJP in its agitation for the construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, in the wake of Advani's recent assertions.

"We have no trust in any political party. They are all on par. We will carry on with the agitation on our own", Kishore, a well-known critic of Advani, said.

Earlier too, the VHP had accused BJP of using the temple card to come to power and attributed its debacle in last year's Lok Sabha elections to the party "abandoning" Hindutva.

The RSS had taken strong exception to the "behavioural misdemeanour" of VHP leaders including its firebrand Secretary General Praveen Togadia against Advani and had advised them to exercise restraint.

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