Acquire disputed site for Ram temple: VHP
Reiterating the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Wednesday urged the Centre to acquire the disputed site and suggested that the Government could offer another site to Muslims to build a mosque across the river Saryu.
In a joint Press conference with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, VHP patron Ashok Singhal said they would organise a two-day national seminar in Delhi on January 9 and 10 for debating legal solution and to spread awareness on the building of Ram Temple.
“The Government for a public interest purpose can issue a notice to the Babri Masjid Muthwali (hereditary supervisor) for acquisition of the land and building of Babri Masjid and offer (to Muslims) another site to build a mosque, perhaps across the Saryu,” they said in a statement.
Answering to a volley of questions on the BJP-led Government’s stand on the VHP’s demand, Singhal said, “Nobody is objecting to the building of Ram Mandir.”
Swamy said the BJP’s manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections had promised the temple’s construction and the Modi Government should take steps in this regard.
They, however, said they would wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on the sensitive issue before deciding on further course of action. “There is no obstacle in the construction of the Ram temple.... The Government should take an initiative. BJP’s manifesto has also spoken about it,” Swamy said.
Swamy, president of Virat Hindustan Sangam, also shared an affidavit submitted by the then Government before the apex court in 1994 in which it had stated that if existence of a temple was established, its action will be in “support of the wishes of Hindu community”. Swamy and VHP general secretary Champat Rai claimed that excavation reports have stated that a temple existed there.
Swamy said he had already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue and made several suggestions for the construction of temple. “I have not received a reply. I will take it up again after Bihar polls. I have also asked our president Amit Shah to convene a special session of National Council to debate on this issue,” he said.
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