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VHP calls for 'Ram Temple Ordinance' as Modi seeks pledge to build 'New India'

Monday March 13, 2017 0:26 AM, & Agencies

Babri Masjid
[Paramilitary troopers guard the Hindu shrine constructed on the site of razed Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. (Reuters photo)]

New Delhi:
On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who after a roaring mandate in Uttar Pradesh is being showered with praises by freinds and foes alike, urged the fellow countrymen to take peldge to build a "New India", Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chose to forward its hate and divisive agenda calling for ordinance to build "Ram Temple".

"The BJP's victory (in Uttar Pradesh) will ensure the temple is built "very soon", Surendra Kumar Jain, International Joint General Secretary and VHP spokesperson, said while talking to News18.

"Just like the government brought in an Ordinance to save (bull - Jallikattu), the same thing will be happening for the Ram Temple", he added.

Hindutva organisations including BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena pledge to build Ram Temple at the site where existed the 17th century Babri Masjid but was demolished on December 06, 1992.

The matter is pending in court. About a week ago the Supreme Court had hinted restoring the charges against L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and other BJP, VHP leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case.

Surendra Kumar Jain however believes that there is no legal hurdle in building 'Ram Temple'. He says since the BJP is now in power in Uttar Pradesh and construction of Ram Temple has prominently figured in its poll manifesto, the work should start without further delay.

“There will be no legal hurdles to the construction of the temple because a temple is already there in existence. To put it more precisely, what the nation witnessed during Jallikattu is an important precedent here.

"We have always demanded that a legislation be brought in Parliament just like in the Shah Bano case to facilitate the construction of the temple.

"If an Ordinance can be brought in to save Jallikattu, then a similar Ordinance can help in the construction of the temple. I am sure that with the BJP in power now, this is happening,” Jain said.

Eralier in the day, RSS ideologue M G Vaidya also said that the BJP’s landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh is a vote for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Vaidya said the Allahabad High Court has held that a temple existed at the disputed site and its remains were found during excavation.

He said the NDA Government should bring a law for Ram Temple construction in the UP town if the Supreme Court fails to resolve the issue.

The Ram Temple demands came on the day when Prime Minister Modi asked the people to take a pledge and express their commitment to building a "New India".

"Together, let us build the India of our dreams so that when we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022, we have an India that will make Gandhiji, Sardar Patel and Babasaheb Ambedkar proud", Modi said in the appeal posted on his website.

"India is transforming, powered by the strength of each and every citizen of India; an India that is driven by innovation, hard work and creativity; an India characterized by peace, unity and brotherhood; and an India free from corruption, terrorism, black money and dirt", he said.



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