New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) which held a massive ‘Dharam Sansad’ rally at Ramlila Maidan in the national capital saw RSS’ executive head Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi addressing thousands of VHP members saying that bringing in a law is the only option for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Joshi said, “We have no conflict with any community, We are not begging but expressing sentiments. Making law is the only option for Ram temple. The movement will continue till commitment is fulfilled.”
He went on to add that they weren’t begging for the construction Ram Mandir but were just expressing their emotions. “Those in power today had promised to construct Ram Temple. They should listen to people and fulfil the demand of temple in Ayodhya. They are aware of the sentiments,” he said. “We are not begging for it. We are expressing our emotions. The country wants ‘Ram Rajya’,” he added.
Meanwhile, Swami Hansdevacharya of Haridwar said, “We should not let Modi leave Prime Minister post until he meets the promise of building Ram Temple.”
VHP leaders organised similar meetings of Hindu religious leaders at seven places on November 25, including Ayodhya, Nagpur and Mangaluru, to press for a bill to construct the temple. Today’s rally comes two days before the winter session of parliament begins on Tuesday.
Elaborate security arrangements were made at Ramlila Maidan and snipers were deployed on high-rises for the rally. Besides Joshi, VHP president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje and its international working president Alok Kumar also addressed the crowd.
The VHP had carried out a door-to-door campaign to make today’s rally a success. “It (rally) will change the hearts of all those who are not in favour of bringing the bill for construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya,” VHP’s spokesperson Vinod Bansal said.
Ahead of the rally, a traffic advisory has been issued detailing diversions in Delhi. No traffic will be allowed on Ranjeet Singh Flyover (from Guru Nanak Chowk to Barakhambha Road), JLN Marg (from Rajghat to Delhi Gate), Chaman Lal Marg near VIP gate, the advisory said.
VHP’s campaign will culminate at Prayag with a ‘Dharam Sansad’ of priests and saints. The final ‘Dharam Sansad’ will be held on January 31 and February 1.
On December 2, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) held a motorcycle rally in the national capital to send out a message about a “Dharam Sabha” being organised by them on December 9 to put pressure on the Narendra Modi government to facilitate early construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. Hundreds of VHP supporters went through various residential areas on motorcycles raising slogans “Ramlala hum aaenge, mandir wahi banaaenge”, and organised meetings.