New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has suspended its campaign for the construction of Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya till Lok Sabha Elections 2019, which are due in April-May. The Hindutva organisation has been running a campaign across the country for past several months over the issue and decided to take a break as it doesn’t want it to become an election issue.

Announcing the decision, the VHP’s international joint general secretary Surendra Jain said, “The VHP has decided to suspend its campaign for constructing the Ram Temple at Lord Ram’s birthplace in Ayodhya till the General Election process gets over, as the organisation does not want it to become an election issue.” Adding further, he asserted that the future course of action, in relation to the matter, will be decided after the new government is formed.

VHP’s announcement comes a few days after a congregation called by it in Allahabad, on the sidelines of Kumbh Mela 2019, adopted a resolution saying the Hindus will not rest and also not leave others in peace until a grand temple is built at the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.

Meanwhile, Puri Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati recently said that the foundation stone of Ram temple would be laid on February 21, 2019. “We are not violating any order of the Court. Until the High Court’s order is quashed by the Supreme Court, it is still applicable. Wahan Ram Lalla virajman hain, wo janmbhoomi hai,” he had said.

The development came a day after the government approached the Supreme Court for permission to restore the “excess” land surrounding the disputed portion in Ayodhya to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas. The government, in a petition, sought direction for releasing to the Nyas 67 acres, which it had acquired about two-and-a-half decades back, leaving untouched 0.313 acres of disputed.