RSS says construct Ram Temple, in the way Patel got Somnath

On the day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue — the tallest in the world, RSS has virtually asked him to take initiative to put an end to the centuries-old point of a tussle between Hindus and Muslims, Ram temple at Ayodhya. For this, it has advised him to follow the footsteps of Sardar Patel, to got Smnath temple rebuilt.

On the first day of RSS three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini meetings, yesterday, it has reiterated its demand for enacting a law to enable the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and asked the Centre to acquire land on the disputed site. It said that the government needs to acquire land for the construction of Ram Temple and make a law in this regard.

RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya, in this regard, urged the Centre to fulfil the “promise” made in 1994 by the then Congress government in the Supreme Court, saying it had agreed at that time to side with the Hindu community if an evidence was found of a pre-existing temple before it was razed to build the Babri Masjid.

Vaidya said the issue of building a Ram temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh was not just limited to the Hindu and Muslim communities. “Ram temple is a matter of national pride and glory. Just like Sardar Patel got Somnath temple rebuilt, the government should acquire the land and hand over it for Ram temple construction. Govt should make law for that,”  he added.

“The court has said a mosque is not mandatory for namaz and the prayers can be performed on the streets as well. Besides, namaz is not accepted if it is performed on a forcibly acquired land. The court has also said that this (acquiring of land) was not a religious deed,” Vaidya said. The RSS leader said the issue was no more limited to Hindus and Muslims or a temple or a mosque, but about the restoration of the pride of the country.

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