Lucknow, June 26: Former Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia on Tuesday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the delay in construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya and set a four-month deadline after that he will launch a protest.
He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of cheating people in the name of Lord Ram.
The 62-year-old Togadia, who has floated an International Hindu Parishad, stated that his workers will fan out across the country to get 10 crore signatures for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
A deadline of October would be set for the Centre to act on the issue, failing which a people’s movement would be launched from Lucknow to press for an early construction of the temple.
Speaking to media, the firebrand leader said the saffron party had been in power nationally for the last four years but millions of Hindus had been left in the lurch over the promise of construction of a Ram mandir.
“Our patience is running out and if by October a law is not enacted for construction of a Ram temple, we will have to find another alternative.”
Togadia also sought that the Modi government must enact a law for handing over of Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, the Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura and the Ram Janmabhoomi at Ayodhya to Hindus.
Hitting out at BJP leaders for saying that people would have to wait as the matter was sub-judice, Togadia asserted if this was the case, why were people told that a grand Ram temple would be built at Ayodhya on the lines of Gujarat’s Somnath temple.
He further said that the Prime Minister might not have got time for the Ram temple as he was busy with his frequent foreign tours.