Ram Mandir construction begins in 18 months : VHP

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which has been in the forefront of a campaign for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, has convened a meeting of its top leaders later this month to discuss the issue, amid its assertion that the work on the project will start within one-and-a-half years.

Alok Kumar, the Working President of the VHP, made it clear that his organisation will not wait “indefinitely” on Ram temple construction and has decided to “remind” the Narendra Modi government about its promise within the first month of its second term.

“One thing is clear, VHP will not compromise on two issues – firstly, only a temple will be built at the birthplace of Lord Ram and secondly, there can be no mosque within the cultural limits of Ayodhya,” he added.

Kumar said VHP’s ‘margdarshak samiti’ will meet in Haridwar on June 19-20 to discuss the matter and pass a resolution which will be handed over to Prime Minister Modi.

“We will pass a resolution and give it to the Prime Minister. We will remind him that the promise about Ram temple has been made in your manifesto,” the VHP leader said.

Meanwhile, BJP’s allay Shiva Sena also asked Modi government it should honour people’s verdict in the Lok Sabha polls by taking immediate steps towards construction of the temple. BJP MP Subramaniyan Swamy in a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he need not wait for Supreme Court verdict, but should immediately handed over land for construction of the temple.

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