New Delhi/ Lucknow, June 5 : The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has announced that the construction of Ram temple will start within 18 months.
VHP, which has been in the forefront of a campaign for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, has convened a meeting of its top leaders later this month and decided to meet in Haridwar on June 19-20 to discuss the matter and pass a resolution which will be handed over to Prime Minister Modi.
Alok Kumar, the Working President of the VHP, made it clear that his organisation will not wait “indefinitely” on Ram temple construction and has decided to “remind” the Narendra Modi government about its promise within the first month of its second term.
“One thing is clear, VHP will not compromise on two issues – firstly, only a temple will be built at the birthplace of Lord Ram and secondly, there can be no mosque within the cultural limits of Ayodhya,” he sai
“We will pass a resolution and give it to the Prime Minister. We will remind him that the promise about Ram temple has been made in your manifesto,” the VHP leader said.
Construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya has been one of the top issues on the agenda of the BJP and has found mention in all the party’s manifestos for the Lok Sabha elections.
The matter is currently before the Supreme Court which recently appointed a three-member committee of negotiators to talk to all the stakeholders and give a report by August 15.
Ram temple issue has been going on for three decades, which includes five years of Modi’s first term, he shot back, “Ab nahi karenge (now we will not wait)…We will not wait indefinitely.”
The dispute is about a plot of land in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh which is considered among the Hindus to be the birthplace of Lord Rama, but it also located the Babri Masjid.The Babri Masjid was demolished by a gathering of more than 2 lakh Karsevaks in the year 1992, followed by communal riots all across India.