The Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s dharam sabha in Ayodhya has declared that seers will announce the date for construction of Ram temple at Kumbha Mela, to be held at Prayag Raj in January, 2019. Meanwhile, it has asked the government of the day to bring either the law or ordinance to pave way for temple construction at the birthplace of Lord Ram in the temple town.
Around 100 seers, who had thronged Ayodhya from across the country to participate in dharam sabha, made it clear that they wanted the entire land on which makeshift temple of Lord Ram was standing at the disputed plot and not just a portion of it. “We want whole 2.77 acre land for construction of temple and will not accept division of it at any cost,” said VHP vice-president Champat Rai in his inaugural address as the sabha commenced on a fiery note in the temple town.
“This is the biggest congregation of Ram bhakts after a gap of 26 years in Ayodhya. This huge assembly of devotees is here to take this movement forward. We have been fighting this battle for the last
400 years and our patience should not be put to test anymore,” said Rai. He asserted that Hindus wanted the entire plot of disputed land and not in parts.
“There is no need to wait for the court order as it is not a priority issue for them and the matter is pending in courts for decades now,” said the VHP vice president while addressing the gathering of over three laklh Ram devotees at the dharam sabha.
Meanwhile, attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said if the BJP Government was determined to honour court’s order why it promised people during elections that construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya will start during their regime.
Speaking to reporters in Ayodhya, he asserted that the Ram Temple will be constructed at any cost whether the Modi Government returns to power or not. For some people, Ram Temple may be a ‘jumla’ but for us it is a matter of national pride, he added.