New Delhi: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have stepped up efforts in their bid to mount pressure on the Narendra Modi government to bring a legislation in Parliament for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Also Read - Covid-19 War Can't be Won by Clapping, Lighting Lamps: Shiv Sena Takes a Dig at PM Modi
The VHP and other Sangh Parivar outfits have announced that a ‘Dharam Sabha’ will be organised in Ayodhya on November 25 to press demands for a legislation to pave the way for temple construction. Also Read - Despite Coronavirus Threat, UP to Hold Ram Navami Mela in Ayodhya; 10 Lakhs Pilgrims Expected
The VHP is working to mobilise over 100,000 people for the rally at Bada Bhaktmal ki Bagiya. Also Read - Trending News Today March 11, 2020: 'You Are No Longer Hot': Milind Soman Trolled After He Reveals He Was A Part of RSS While Growing Up
However, none of the leaders from the saffron party is expected to take party in the rally.
It will be the largest congregation in Ayodhya since the ‘Kar seva’ on December 6, 1992, when a 16th century mosque at the site was demolished by a mob of hundreds of thousands of volunteers.
The VHP has also planned similar public meetings in Nagpur and Bengaluru on November 25 and a rally in New Delhi on December 9.
The VHP will also public meetings in all Lok Sabha constituencies and ask MPs to support the passage of a bill in Parliament for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The organisation will hold public meetings in all 543 Lok Sabha constituencies by December 15 and will meet the respective member of Parliament, the VHP has announced.
According to reports, the RSS is also helping the VHP to maximise the mobilisation of people to attend the Ayodhya congregation.
With Lok Sabha elections less than six months away, political observers believe that the RSS — whose chief Mohan Bhagwat’s demand for a law has generated a storm of support, including from many Union ministers — and the BJP will use the key Hindutva plank to build a narrative in its favour.
Though neither the government nor the BJP has made their stand clear on the demand of Hindutva groups for a law to pave the way for the temple’s construction, ministers and other party leaders have been speaking in its favour.
The momentum generated by the debate will suit it politically, the BJP believes, more so as Hindutva credentials of Modi as well as its president Amit Shah are seen to be impeccable.
On the other hand, the Shiv Sena – BJP’s restive ally in Maharashtra – has hit out at the RSS and allied organisations, alleging that they “woke up” to plan ‘hunkar’ (exhortation) rallies to press for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya after the Sena announced its plans to visit Ayodhya on November 25.
Declining an urgent hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute case, the Supreme Court last month fixed the politically sensitive issue for first week of January before an “appropriate bench” and left a decision on the timeline to it, sparking demands for an ordinance for construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site.
As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the high court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla
Amid the clamour for an ordinance or alternatively bringing in a legislation in the Winter session of Parliament, the Congress called for restraint and awaiting the Supreme Court verdict without linking the issue to “votebank politics”. The winter session is likely to begin in the first half of December.
Expressing discontent over the delay in top court hearing, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) said Hindus cannot wait eternally for a court judgement on the Ayodhya land dispute case and asked the government to bring a law for building a Ram temple.