New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Shiv Sena and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday raised the pitch for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, which was flooded with right-wing activists who poured in from various parts of the country.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s ‘Dharma Sabha’ is being touted as the largest congregation of ‘Ram bhakts’ in Ayodhya since the 1992 ‘kar seva’, with the Hindu outfit claiming a large number of people will attend it.
The congregation happened less than two weeks ahead of the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the 16th century Babri Mosque, that had triggered unrest in this pilgirm town and riots in other parts of India.
The religious congregation which lasted for nearly five hours saw around 50 seers from different ashrams and akhadas taking part in the religious meeting.
Saints from Haridwar, Chhattisgarh, Hrisikesh, Ujjain, Gujarat, Chitraoot, Prayagraj and Lucknow attended the congregation, said Mahant Ramdas of Nirmohi Akhada of Ayodhya.
Slogans of ‘har ghar pe bhagwa chhayegaa, ram rajya phir aayegaa’ and ‘tel lagaao dabur kaa, naam mittaao Babar kaa’ could be heard from various corners of the programme venue and also on the stretch of the road leading to it.
VHP’s senior leader Champat Rai declared that no formula dividing the disputed land will be acceptable for temple construction.
Addressing the sabha after the inauguration marked by chanting of mantras and lighting of lamp, the international general secretary Champat Rai said “we want the entire land for temple construction…No formula dividing the land is acceptable.”
Though Rai did not spell out the details, his assertions are considered to be in reference to the Allahabad High court verdict dividing the land into three parts.
The Allahabad High Court had ruled by a majority verdict that the disputed land in Ayodhya be divided equally into three parts among Hindus and Muslims and that the place where the makeshift temple of Lord Ram exists belongs to Hindus.
Addressing the sabha after the inauguration marked by chanting of mantras at the Badey Bhaktmaal ki Bagia, Ramji Das of Nirmohi Akhara said:”The date for construction of the Ram temple will be declared in the 2019 Kumbh which will be held in Prayagraj”.
“It is only a matter of few days, and I request you all to show some patience,” the seer remarked.
Meanwhile, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, addressing the ‘Hunkar Sabha’ in Nagpur, said that if the Ram Temple issue was not a priority for the Supreme Court, the government should bring an ordinance for the same.
“The matter is in Court, the decision should be given early. It has also been proved that the Temple was there. Supreme Court is not giving priority to the case. Justice delayed is justice denied,” Bhagwat said.
“It seems like Ram temple is not a priority for the Supreme Court. The society doesn’t run only with law. The government should think how a law can be brought for the temple’s construction and should bring the law soon,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the BJP government at the Centre “may not last” if the Ram Temple is not constructed at Ayodhya and demanded that an ordinance be brought in to pave for its way, warning that emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted.
The Shiv Sena chief, who offered prayers at the Ram Lalla temple, said “days, years and generations are passing by but the temple has not being constructed”.
“Shiv Sena has been supporting (them) on the issue of Hindutva and will continue to do so. Bring ordinance or a law but construct temple …The emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted,” he told reporters here.
Thackeray said Hindus are today asking when will the temple be made while maintaining that his visit to Ayodhya is neither for political purposes nor is there any hidden agenda.
“I am only asking (BJP) that when you were campaigning for elections you said all possibilities will be explored under the Constitution …What has been done in four years ..When will you explore possibilities,” he asked.
The Sena chief said that if the temple is not made perhaps this government will also not last but the temple will definitely be made.
Mounting an attack on Yogi Adityanath, he said the chief minister said there was a Ram temple in Ayodhya and will remain “but when will it be visible… It should be constructed as the earliest.”
Thackeray also said that the Ram Temple issue should not be politicised.
“Chunav prachar ke dauran is mudde ka istemal na karein..Hinduo ki bhavna se khilwad na karein (This issue (Ram Temple) should not be used in election campaigning..Don’t take the emotions of Hindus for granted)”, he said.
Disapproving of the Shiv Sena’s push for constructing a Ram temple at the disputed site of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the party had no role in the temple movement.
“There is no problem in Uddhav Thackeray catching a glimpse of Ram Lalla… But, had Balasaheb Thackeray been alive, he would have prevented Uddhav from doing whatever he is doing,” Maurya told news agency PTI.
“The Shiv Sena had no role in the temple movement or even in the Dharam Sabha, though Balasaheb Thackeray would support the Vishwa Hindu Parishad,” he said.
Meanwhile, addressing an election rally in poll-bound Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a fresh salvo at the Congress, accusing it of putting pressure on the Supreme Court to delay the hearing in the sensitive Ayodhya issue.
PM Modi said that Congress’ Rajya Sabha leaders intimidated top court judges with the threat of impeachment if they didn’t stall the case until the general elections got over in 2019.
“When the Ayodhya case was being heard by the Supreme Court, a Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP had asked the court not to hear the matter till 2019 citing Lok Sabha elections. Was it right to drag the judiciary in politics?” he asked while referring to senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal.
“They tell the Hon’ble Supreme Court to delay the Ayodhya hearing due to the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. They do everything they can to impeach the Chief Justice of our country. How can we accept such ill-intended tactics of the Congress?” he asked.
Amid talks of a possible introduction of a Bill by the Modi government in Parliament’s winter session that begins on December 11, many seers are of the view that a “last opportunity should be given to the BJP government on the issue”.