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Upendra Bharti | HENB | Agra | March 17, 2017:: The Ram Temple is the country’s “symbol of pride and self-respect”, said VNP Intl General secretary Dr Surendra Jain said and claimed that ‘Jan Jagaran’ (awareness of people) and ‘Ram Mahotsva’ for the Ramalala Temple at Ayodhya would start from March 28 to April 10 across the country and under the programme meetings would be held in all the blocks of the country with active participation of five crore people.
Six days after BJP’s landslide victory in UP, the right wing Hindu organization Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has upped the ante on the issue of Ram Janam Bhoomi Temple and demanded that a legislation should be passed in the Parliament to pave way for the temple’s construction.
The reconstruction of Somnath Temple of Gujarat was also made with the Central intervention in 1951. The reconstruction was envisioned by then Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and was completed under K. M. Munshi, the then head of the temple trust.
The VHP, an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), has already intensified its outreach in rural areas and is frequently holding small-level local meetings in villages to build strategy for the issue.
“The Hindu Samaj will not accept any more delay in the construction of Ram Temple. The Centre should make a law for its construction,” VHP’s International Joint General Secretary Surendra Kumar Jain told a press conference here at Agra on Friday.
Jain said several countries faced external invasions but had demolished such structures built by the invaders soon after they got independence.
Loudly praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his developmental works and 2022 vision, Jain said construction of Ram temple was also a step towards development and referred to results of elections in Uttar Pradesh as proof.
Jain said, “We believed earlier too that the BJP will fulfill the demand, but after this victory, no doubts are left that Ram Temple would be constructed in Ayodhya soon.”
VHP Braj region vice-president, Sunil Parashar said the decision to hold the Mahotsav was taken in central working committee meeting. He said besides the legislation in the Parliament, the VHP would demand that the temple be constructed with the help of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas trust and from stones which have already been carved out.
__with input from PTI.