Vishwa Hindu Parishad to finalise date for Ram Temple construction in September
Vice-president of VHP’s Kashi Pranth Puneet Verma said the members have expressed the wish that the construction work at Ayodhya should begin on September 27– the birth anniversary of late Ashok Singhal, former president of the Parishad.Updated: Jun 29, 2017 14:39 IST
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
Leaders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will hold a meeting in the state in the first week of September to finalise the date for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Vice-president of VHP’s Kashi Pranth Puneet Verma said the members have expressed the wish that the construction work at Ayodhya should begin on September 27 – the birth anniversary of late Ashok Singhal, former president of the Parishad.
“VHP leadership will meet in September to finalise the date. Things are moving in the right direction as both the communities are heading towards an amicable solution and the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh have adopted a positive approach on the issue,” Verma said.
He said the leaders discussed at length the construction of Ram Temple and the role that other Hindu outfits were required to play in the mission.
Verma said the VHP leadership was waiting for presidential election to conclude on July 20 after which concrete steps would be initiated for temple construction.
Talking to HT over phone from Ahmedabad, an office-bearer at VHP’s Kashi Pranth Mukeshji said that temple construction was one of the main issues discussed in the meet which was attended by top leadership including international working president of the Parishad Praveen Togadia.
“Things will start moving in the right direction soon,” he said.
Mukeshji attended the three-day high-level meet of the VHP which concluded on Tuesday night,
VHP had organised a two-week long Ram Mahotsav in March-April to garner support of Hindus from all over the country and to collect funds under its nationwide exercise titled ‘Dharam Raksha Arpan Nidhi’ to support Ram Temple campaign.
The Dharam Sansad, organised by the VHP during Magh Mela in January this year, unanimously decided to move ahead with temple construction if the BJP fails to take an initiative.
First Published: Jun 29, 2017 14:38 IST