Prayagraj: Clearly upset over the delay in Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has started openly attacking the BJP-led Government. Speaking at Kumbh, RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the Ram Temple would be built in 2025. Also Read - Flight Services From Ayodhya International Airport Expected to Start Early Next Year

Joshi was addressing a programme at Kumbh Mela on Thursday where he also said that as soon as the temple was built, the country’s growth would witness a spurt, like it happened in 1952 after the restoration of Somnath Temple in Gujarat. Also Read - Fund Raising Drive For Ram Temple Construction Ends, Over Rs 2100 Crore Collected

Reiterating that there were challenges in the way of construction of the Ram Mandir, Joshi said the issue was now connected to the faith of crores of Hindus in India.  The Sangh is clearly miffed with the Centre over the issue even as PM Narendra Modi has made it very clear that an ordinance could be brought in only after the judicial process was completed.

Targeting the Government, Joshi said India will become a world leader, but in another 150 years.

Later, speaking to media, Joshi said, by way of explanation, that he meant that the temple should be built by 2025. He said, “If we start today, it would take another five years to complete the temple.”

Meanwhile, in Nagpur, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said, “Ladai hui to saare samaj ko ladna padta hai. Seema par sainik jaate hain. Sabse zyada khatra wo mol lete hain.Khatra mol ke bhi unki himmat kayam rahe,samagri kam na pade,agar kisi ka balidan ho gaya to uske parivar ko kami na ho,ye chinta samaj ko karni hoti hai (If war breaks out, the entire society has to come together to fight it. Soldiers go to borhers and take the biggest risk. But to keep their spirits up, they aren’t lacking for anything and if they are martyred, their families don’t suffer; society has to take care of these things).”

He said the need to die for the nation arose only when we were under someone else’s rule. “Ab azaadi ke baad apne desh ke liye marne ka samay seemaon par rehta hai jab yudh hota hai to (Post-Independence, an opportunity to die for one’s nation arises only on the borders if a war breaks out).”

Bhagwat lamented how even in peace time, so many soldier’s were losing their lives. “Kaaran hai ki hum apna kaam theek nahi kar rahe. Nahi to kisi ke saath yudh nahi hai to seema par sainik ke marne ka kaaran nahi hai lekin hota hai. Usko thik karna hai, desh ko bada banana hai to desh ke liye jeena sikhna hoga (When we aren’t involved in a war with any of our neighbours, why should our soldiers be losing their lives. We need to fix that. If our nation has to grow, we will need to learn to live for it).”