VHP gives Modi govt two and a half years to built Ram temple in Ayodhya – Rajiv Srivastava

Proposed Ram Temple at Ayodhya

Rajiv Srivastava“VHP looks ready to understand the government’s compulsion. ‘Even if we put pressure on the BJP government to bring a legislation on the issue, the bill will not be passed in Rajya Sabha as the government doesn’t have the numbers. In that case it would be prudent to give them time to get the numbers,’ Chinmayanand further said.” – Rajiv Srivastava

Swami ChinmayanandaVishwa Hindu Parishad has given BJP government at the Centre 2.5 years at the most to take up Ram Mandir construction issue.

On Friday, RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said it was for the BJP government to decide when will they take up the issue, they have five-year time, but VHP’s member Marg Darshak Mandal and former minister of state for Home Swami Chinmayanand while talking to TOI said: “… not five years but they should take it up much earlier at the most two and a half years.”

The three-day RSS national executive meet that began in Lucknow on Friday has brought the issue of Ram temple, which BJP kept aloof of during the Lok Sabha election, back in reckoning.

Dattatreya HosabaleFour months after the BJP government at the Centre, saffron outfits have finally begun speaking their mind out on their core issue of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

While BJP government at the Centre might have got almost five-year term from its ideological guardian — RSS — to construct Ram mandir, Vishwa Hindu Parishad wants it to be constructed well before the government completes five-year term.

Until Modi-led government came to power at the centre, the outfits were more being ‘sentimental’ about the issue, but now they are being ‘reasonable’ about it as none is willing to put pressure on the BJP government to take up their ideological issue immediately.

BJP chief Amit Shah, who after attending the RSS meeting, agreeing with what Hosabale said only proves the point.

What makes it interesting that VHP looks ready to understand the government’s compulsion. “Even if we put pressure on the BJP government to bring a legislation on the issue, the bill will not be passed in Rajya Sabha as the government doesn’t have the numbers. In that case it would be prudent to give them time to get the numbers,” Chinmayanand further said.

However, the deadline given by the former union minister might not be final. “The VHP management committee meeting and a meeting with all the seers and saints is scheduled to be held in December, where a final decision on the issue would be taken,” VHP’s national secretary Rajendra Pankaj said.

Ram Temple on the Babri Masjid site after the demolition.However, Pankaj also cited Chinmayanand’s logic that the BJP government lacks the required numbers in Rajya Sabha to ensure passing of the legislation on the issue.

“Besides, VHP wants the government to take the initiative on the issue and even try to bring Muslim representatives on discussion table as they had earlier said that they would forego their claim if it was established that a temple existed before the mosque was built at the disputed site in Ayodhya,” Pankaj further said.

Politically speaking, it seems the deadline by the saffron outfits is a well thought out plan. By the time VHP’s deadline approaches, assembly elections in all the major states would be over, as BJP will not once again like the issue to be at centre stage during these elections just like they managed to keep it away during Lok Sabha election. – The Times of India, 19 October 2014

Carved stones for the new Ram Temple at Ayodhya

Ram-Nam bricks donated by Hindus for a Ram Temple at Ayodhya

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  1. Amit Shah & Subramanian Swamy

    “Amit Shah may take up the issue during Dussera [October] and may declare a new plan for Ram Temple construction at Ayodhya.” – Upananda Brahmachari

    Modi & Sri RamaOn the auspicious day of Gurupournima, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Hindu Think Tank and National Executive member of BJP once again reminded his party president Sri Amit Shah to contemplate over the construction of Sri Ramjanmabhoomi temple at Ayodhya on and from January 1, 2016. Dr. Swamy requested Sri Shah to convene National Executive committee meeting of BJP to resolve the matter, as Swamy wrote a letter to Shah on the matter just on July 20. Both were exchanging their good wishes on the event of Gurupournima Utsav.

    Dr. Subramanian Swamy suggested his party president Amit Shah to convene a special session of the National Executive to discuss the Ram Temple whose construction in Ayodhya should begin from January 1st next year. In a letter written on July 20 to Shah, Swamy said BJP should also obtain consent from the court for shifting the structure of a mosque present there.

    Dr. R. Nagaswamy with Ayodhya Hindu artefact photo.The Narasimha Rao government, he said, had filed an affidavit before the court that if it is found that a temple pre-existed at the place where Babri Mosque was built then the Ram Janmabhoomi land would be handed over to Hindus for building a temple. Time and again, it has been proved there is a pre-existent temple under the disputed Babri construction. “Thus, our government should declare that from January 1, 2016, the construction project of building a Sri Ram temple in Ayodhya will commence,” he said.

    Swamy said he had earlier written to Shah in March urging him to convene a special session of the National Executive to discuss this issue and other commitments made in the BJP”s election manifesto which are close to the hearts of party men and described as ”Hindutva” issues. “I urge therefore now again to schedule a special session of the National Executive. I am sure you will agree that Hindutva is the core issue of the BJP”s ideology and it needs special attention of the party.”

    Sonia Gandhi As per occult perception, BJP president has no time now to go through the requests made by Dr. Swamy as his party is in a strangulated position in current Lok Sabha session and they are busy for ensuing Bihar election also. Sri Shah may take up the issue during Dussera [October] and may declare a new plan for Ram Temple construction at Ayodhya.

    Many sadhus in Ayodhya, Varanasi and Haridwar are saying that PM Modi and his party may have to face the curse of Lord Sri Ram, if he does not start the construction of Sri Ram Temple immediately.

    Experts opine that delay of construction of Sri Ramjanmabhoomi Temple at Ayodhya will cause a big Hindu frustration which may endanger the Hindu vote bank of BJP. – Hindu Existence, 1 August 2015

  2. Modi govt will go if it doesn’t build Ram temple, VHP says – Times of India – PTI – IANS – New Delhi – June 6, 2015

    NEW DELHI: Although BJP president Amit Shah says that the Narendra Modi government doesn’t have the mandate to address its core issues, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a constituent of the Sangh Parivar, disagrees.

    The VHP has said that the huge mandate with which the Modi government came to power was not only for development but also to deliver on its core issues, including building a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya.

    The Hindu outfit also reminded the government to be ready to “face the consequences” — like the previous NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee — if it did not deliver on the core issues.

    “The mandate which the BJP got in last general election was not merely for development. People expect that they will address the core issues too,” VHP spokesman and national secretary Surendra Jain told IANS.

    “Despite several comments on the issue by senior BJP leaders, our hope is still alive. We expect that this government will fulfill its commitment to construct a Ram temple at Ayodhya,” he added.

    Bharatiya Janata Party president Shah said last month that the party needs 370 seats in the Lok Sabha to address its core issues. Home minister Rajnath Singh said earlier that the core issues were not the government’s priority for now as it was focussed on development.

    Jain said building the Ram temple was also in the BJP manifesto. “How can they backtrack on the issue?” he asked.

    Jain said the previous NDA government didn’t address these issues, and the voters had shown them the door. “BJP leaders should learn from their mistakes of the past.”

    He said a committee of sadhus and spiritual leaders would soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to construct the Ram temple.

    Recently, the Shiv Sena, another BJP ally, had said that the Prime Minister should reveal his “Mann Ki Baat” on the contentious issue of the temple in Ayodhya.

    Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Katiyar, who was the face of the Ayodhya movement in the 1990s, has said that the government should resolve the issue through legislation or dialogue and not wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict.

    The Allahabad high court’s verdict on the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi issue is on appeal before the Supreme Court.

  3. Ayodhya dispute a political problem: ICHR chief – PTI – Times of India – New Delhi – 25 July 2015

    NEW DELHI: Calling Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid issue a political problem, ICHR chief Prof Y Sudershan Rao said while it was easy to convince those connected with the mosque and the religion about evidence in favour of Ram temple, the real problem was with Leftist historians.

    Stating that he had walked the streets of Ayodhya and got a feeling of living in Ramayana times, Rao said Leftist historians keep insisting that there is a need for objective evidence.

    Refuting the argument that mosques were not built on existing structures, he said that there were researches suggesting that several mosques were built on land belonging to temples, including in south India.

    He also said that Valmiki’s Ramayana is written mostly on objective evidence and asserted that Valmiki, in fact was a historian by himself.

    Rao, who took over as the chairperson of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) in June last year, was speaking at a symposium organised by RSS linked Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana.

    Referring to archival material on Ayodhya as showing it to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, Rao said that there were lots of such material which had assured several people.

    “But is that sufficient to clinch the issue? …but if the other party is refusing to accept it. In that case, whatever evidence you make to show them, the other party is not willing to accept. Perhaps, those who are connected to the mosque and its religion, we can convince them. But our problem is with our own Leftist friends, the Leftist historians,” he said.

    They want some inscriptional evidences in favour of the temple, he said.

    “There is evidence related to this episode which is questioned and they (Leftist historians) simply say that these inscriptions were carried from somewhere else. How could these inscriptions sneak into a site which was closely watched and secure?” he asked.

    Rao argued that the issue is not a historical problem. “If you think it is a historical problem, a number of mosques can be shown which are evidently considered to be on temples,” he said.

    Even in south India there were mosques in temple compounds, he claimed and asked, if that is the case (of it being a historical problem), “do you agree to remove all of them?”

    “I went to Ayodhya. There I was passing through the streets… Just walk through the streets. You will get a feeling of living in Ramayana times. Just walk through the streets, you will definitely have this feeling. I had this feeling. You can’t call it a myth, that’s my experience,” Rao said.

    “What more proof you want if you are convinced in your heart, your mind. So that place is Ayodhya for those who believe in Rama and those who believe Rama lived there are and was born there. So this could be a common man’s approach,” he added.

    “Some people ask me about Ramayan. Ramayan, which was written by Valmiki, was mostly based on objective evidence,” Rao said adding that Valmiki was a historian himself and was the first historiographer.

    He said that there has been a debates on Lord Ram for a very long time and through these controversies, he is continuously being remembered.

    Apart from Rao, historian Meenakshi Jain spoke at the event giving details of the evidence that was presented in the courts in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid case. She also added that there was little evidence to show that continuous namaz was offered at the site.

    Speaking at the event, one of the organisers said that the Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana was working to remove distortions in Indian history.

  4. “It’s time Modi reveals his ‘Mann ki Baat’ on Ram temple”, says Shiv Sena – PTI – The Hindu – 5 June 2015

    Shiv Sena on Friday said it was time Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on the contentious issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya even as it remarked BJP MP Vinay Katiyar’s comments in this context as a “bomb” which can explode in future.

    Rajya Sabha MP Katiyar, who was the face of the Ayodhya movement in the 1990s, had on Wednesday said the Modi government should resolve the issue through legislation or dialogue and not wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict.

    “There have been disturbances among the BJP’s Hindutva proponents from the time (BJP president) Amit Shah started dilly-dallying on the Ram temple in Ayodhya. They do not know how to face the people of the country now. Mr. Katiyar’s comments seem to suggest that he has openly challenged Shah’s comments,” the Sena said in its editorial mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

    Mr. Shah, while speaking to reporters in New Delhi had recently said that the party needs 370 seats in the Lok Sabha to address its core ideological issues.

    “During the elections, Muslims are used for playing vote-bank politics and similarly the Ram Mandir issue is raked up to appease Hindus. Once the elections are over, all these issues are kept on the back burner. It is now time that Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes out with his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in front of the people of the country,” the Sena said.

    The column said Mr. Katiyar’s comments are a result of his frustration as he was an important player of the Ayodhya movement.

    “Vinay Katiyar is an old Hindutva leader and Ram Mandir is an issue intimate to crores of Hindus. It needs to be remembered that the voice he has raised today can become a bomb in the future. Stifling this issue would mean betraying the Hindus of this country,” the Sena said.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been holding a monthly radio programme, ‘Mann Ki Baat’, to reach out to people on various issues.

  5. Show some signs of fulfilling Ram temple promise: Katiyar to NDA – Zee News – PTI – June 3, 2015

    Ayodhya: BJP MP and face of the 90s Ram temple movement, Vinay Katiyar, on Wednesday said it was high time that the BJP government showed some signs of fulfilling its promise in this regard either through legislation or talks.

    “Without waiting for the verdict of Supreme Court, the government should make a move to resolve the issue either through talks or by bringing a legislation,” Katiyar told PTI.

    “The Ram Janmabhoomi issue is a burning issue and no government can ignore it, be it in a majority or not. It is a big issue, not only for ‘Ram Bhakts’. It is not a difficult task for the government to resolve it and if it wants, it can start negotiations and it will become easier,” he said.

    The former Faizabad MP, in which Ayodhya falls, said that earlier there was no court verdict in “favour” of the Ram Janmabhoomi issue and now that it is there, it will be easier.

    On the stand taken by the NDA, which cites lack of majority in Rajya Sabha for not going ahead, Katiyar said, “Let it be brought in Lok Sabha where the government has thumping majority and then place it in Rajya Sabha and people be apprised of what all the government has been doing to keep its promise of Ram Temple.

    “This will clear doubts from the minds of the people about our intentions and also expose those who are indulging in propaganda that we are not serious over the issue,” he said.

    The BJP leader, however, stressed that all problems can be resolved through dialogue, which he said should continue for the decades old dispute.

    Katiyar, who had been in the forefront of the temple movement, said although Modi government did not come to power on this issue, it was as important for BJP’s voters as country’s development.

    When his attention was drawn to growing disenchantment of sangh elements over the delay, he cautioned that their anger might cross all limits if the matter was kept on the backseat any longer.

    Both Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah had earlier pointed out that government was not in a position to solve the issue by enacting a law because of lack of strength in Rajya Sabha.

  6. Hawkish VHP pushes divisive agenda again – Deeptiman Tiwary – TNN – The Times of India – May 27, 2015

    No Islamic structure should come up in the cultural boundary of Ayodhya (involving six districts in UP) nor should any structure in the name of Mughal emperor Babur be erected anywhere in India, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has said in a resolution passed in its meeting of Margdarshak Mandal (central governing body) in Haridwar.

    The resolution demanded building of a Ram temple at the earliest and asked for the entire land at the disputed site to be given to Hindus for temple construction. It also formed a coordination committee of senior saints to push the demands with the government.

    Some participants at the meet suggested that the government call a joint sitting of Parliament to pass a law facilitating the Ram temple. Home minister Rajnath Singh recently said building of a Ram temple in Ayodhya was stalled because BJP did not have majority in Rajya Sabha.

    “Ayodhya’s cultural boundary is the place of Sri Ram’s ‘Krida, Leela and Sanskar’. Every year, thousands of devotees visit these places which have hundreds of pilgrimage sites. No Islamic prayer place or cultural structure will be built in this area. And nothing in the name of Babur will be erected anywhere in India,” the resolution said.

    The resolution said since Hindu society believes that where Ram Lalla is placed is the birthplace of Ram and even the court had confirmed it, the temple would be built on the entire land. “The court has accepted that the temple there was demolished by Babur in 1528. The government had given an affidavit that if the same was proved, it would hand over the entire land for temple construction. The government will have to keep its word,” VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal said, adding that Muslims should embrace Ram as India’s cultural icon and contribute in building of the temple.

    More than 100 saints from across the country are attending the meet, VHP said. Many of these saints, however, suggested that VHP must not take a very aggressive stand on the temple issue and give PM Narendra Modi, whom they called “Hinduwadi” and “our PM”, time to deliver on the temple promise.

  7.  Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal Conclave, Haridwar, 25-26 May 2015

    Why are Ayodhya sadhus opposing Togadia’s demand for the BJP to build a Ram temple? – Dhirendra K Jha – Scroll.in – 29 May 2015

    Is the Vishwa Hindu Parishad losing its internal cohesion now that its sister organisation, Bharatiya Janata Party, is in power? Or is it simply that many of the sadhus attached to it, especially those in Ayodhya, have found out that there is hardly anything to gain by following the line laid down by the VHP leadership?

    Whatever the reason, the VHP leadership appears to be struggling to keep the flock of sadhus together just when it is getting ready to push the Narendra Modi government to move a central legislation that would clear the way for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

    The differences came to the fore in the just-concluded meeting of the VHP’s central governing body, the Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal. At the conclave in Haridwar, The VHP’s international president Pravin Togadia, despite his best efforts, failed to convince the Ayodhya sadhus to back his demand that the BJP should fulfill its Lok Sabha poll promise regarding the construction of Ram temple at the site on which the Babri Masjid stood until 1992.

    At the meeting held on May 25-26, Togadia’s move was blocked by a prominent Ayodhya sadhu, Dharam Das, who publicly objected to the VHP president’s demand that the central government should take up the construction of temple at Ayodhya in the same manner that the Somnath temple was reconstructed soon after the Independence.

    Court case

    “The Ayodhya temple issue is pending in the Supreme Court,” Dharam Das, who is the chief of Ayodhya’s most powerful monastic order, Nirvani Akhara, told Scroll.in after the meeting of the Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal. “In this situation, how can the government take any initiative until the Supreme Court gives its judgment? Somnath’s case was different. There was no case pending in the court.”

    At the meeting, Togadia asserted, “Just as the Somnath temple was reconstructed by the government of India, in the same way the Modi government must take an initiative to rebuild the Aodhya temple. The court procedures take a long time to resolve.”

    Dharam Das said that Togadia was using the temple to play politics. “I am a petitioner in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, and I know that the government cannot have any role in it until the court passes an order,” he said. “Togadia did not like the position that I took in the meeting because once I spoke most sadhus who had come from Ayodhya spoke in my support.”

    VHP vice president Jiveshwar Mishra, who organised the meeting at Haridwar, denied the existence of any serious differences in the Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal on the Ram temple issue. However, he added that instead of asking the central government to pass a legislation on the temple, the final resolution at the conclave said that a delegation of five sadhus and VHP leaders would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ask him to expedite the construction of the Ram mandir.

    According to another VHP leader, who asked to remain unidentified, it was this difference between the organisation’s leadership and the sadhus of Ayodhya that prevented Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal from framing an action plan to pressure the government to move a legislation in this regard. “Dharam Das and Suresh Das [the chief of Ayodhya’s Digambari Akhara] were prominent among the sadhus who insisted that the VHP must not force the government to bring in a central legislation and should rather wait for the Supreme Court’s judgment,” this man explained.

    Mobilising voters

    Ever since 1984, when the VHP adopted the Ramjanmabhoomi issue as its central plank to mobilise HIndu voters, it has had a turbulent relationship with the sadhus of Ayodhya, the nerve-centre of this movement. During late 1980s, the VHP’s campaign in Ayodhya was largely conducted by a tiny handful of sadhus who had little support among the local community of ascetics. It was only in 1990, after LK Advani’s rath yatra, that the VHP succeeded in gaining a considerable foothold in Ayodhya. But the alignment that facilitated the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, did not survive long. By the mid-1990s, the Ayodhya sadhus were once again a divided lot, most of them reverting to their day-to-day activities, managing real estate properties and hobnobbing with politicians not just of the BJP but also of the Congress.

    “The projection of Modi as the prime ministerial candidate ahead of the Lok Sabha elections last year did unite most of the sadhus in Ayodhya and brought them under the influence of the VHP,” said Dharam Das. But Modi’s victory altered the situation and weakened the VHP’s influence in Ayodhya, forcing many of the sadhus there to base their decisions on the profit-and-loss considerations just as they did in the aftermath of the demolition of Babri Masjid.

    “Now only those sadhus are obeying the VHP who think that they can get something from it,” said chief priest of the makeshift Ramjanmabhoomi temple on Ayodhya’s disputed site, Acharya Satyendra Das. “Most others know that following the VHP blindly is not good for them individually or collectively.”

    See also

    VHP & RSS push Modi government for Ram temple and other Hindu promises as made in BJP manifesto – Upananda Brahmachari – HENB – Haridwar – May 25, 2015

  8. Government ready to help in construction of Ram temple: Shripad Naik – DNA – India – Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    Union minister Shripad Naik on Tuesday said the government is ready to aid the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

    “The government is ready to help in the construction of Ram Mandir (at Ayodhya). But the issue should be resolved mutually (amicably). The government can provide help, but the actual construction should be done by organisations which are fighting for it,” Naik said responding to a question during a press conference here.

    Notably, Naik’s statement came a day after the RSS and VHP pushed for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, asking the BJP to fulfil its Lok Sabha poll promise in this regard. “We consider this as a work for nation…the issue is currently subjudice. If land is available, then the temple can be constructed,” the minister said. “Ram Mandir is a complicated issue and it is bound to take time,” he further said.

  9. RSS, VHP demand Ram temple – BS Reporter – Business Standard – New Delhi – May 26, 2015

    The demands from RSS and VHP came on a day when Prime Minister Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a week-long programme to mark completion of one year of the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre. The VHP passed a resolution at the meeting of its Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal, asking the government to “clear hurdles” for early construction of the Ram temple. International Working President Pravin Togadia and president Raghava Reddy were present at the meeting. “We have resolved that a delegation of saints would establish contact with the Centre and hold talks with it to clear hurdles in the way of Ram temple construction,” a VHP statement said.

    The BJP favours a solution through a court verdict, or through talks between the rival parties locked in the legal tussle over the disputed site in Ayodhya.

    Earlier this month, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on the sidelines of a VHP event in Ayodhya that the government’s lack of majority in the Rajya Sabha makes it difficult to pass a law for the construction of the temple.

    At today’s meeting, the VHP said no place of worship for Muslims would be allowed to come up in or near the proposed temple. It said it was thanks to independent India’s first Home Minister Sardar Patel that Somnath Temple was rebuilt and it was time to carry on with that tradition.

    “Islamic invaders destroyed over 3,000 of our temples and other holy places. We have also sought three of them (Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi)… Our decency should not be seen as a weakness,” it said.

    In Nagpur, RSS Akhil Bhartiya Saha Sampark Pramukh’ Arun Kumar said the BJP government should fulfil promises on the Ram temple and repeal of Article 370. He claimed the people of Kashmir were suffering due to Article 370.

    Talking about the organisational set-up of RSS, he said that the organisation has 43,000 Rs shakhas’ (branches) in India. The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, the overseas arm of the RSS, operated in 35 countries.

  10. ‘It is a lame excuse!’: Akharas condemn Rajnath Singh for claiming the government can’t order Ram Temple to be built – Piyush Srivasava – Mail Online India – 20:59 GMT, 12 May 2015

    Narendra Giri

    “‘It is a lame excuse of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The BJP should first get a Bill on the Ram Temple passed in the Lok Sabha before saying that they will not succeed in the Rajya Sabha,’ said Akhara Parishad president Narendra Giri” – Piyush Srivastava

    India Home Minister Rajnath SinghWhen it comes to the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the All India Akhara Parishad doesn’t mince its words.

    Even if that means taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, the saints of the Parishad make their point quite bluntly.

    And now they are gunning for Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who recently said that the Modi government doesn’t have enough numbers in the Rajya Sabha to make a law in favour of the Ram Temple.

    The Parishad has dared the Union home minister to first get a Bill passed in the Lok Sabha on the Ram Temple in Ayodhya before taking refuge to any “excuse”.

    “It is a lame excuse of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The BJP should first get a Bill on the Ram Temple passed in the Lok Sabha before saying that they will not succeed in the Rajya Sabha,” said Akhara Parishad president Narendra Giri.

    Two days ago, the Union home minister had also said in Ayodhya that the government should wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ram Temple case.

    But Giri is in no mood to listen.

    “Now it is clear that the BJP is betraying the saints of the country. The vote-bank politics of BJP on Ram Temple had helped it last time during the 2014 parliamentary elections.

    “The BJP leaders must understand that they would be dumped once and forever in 2019. The Akhara Parishad will meet in Hardwar on May 25 and 26 to take a final decision on this issue,” Giri said.

    Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chairman Nritya Gopal Dal also rejected Rajnath’s statement and said that the BJP government should come out with a solution.

    Hashim Ansari“Whatever Rajnath is saying may be his personal view. We don’t accept the excuse because the BJP is in power only to fulfil the wish of the Hindus to build a Ram Temple at the same site in Ayodhya.

    “We are hopeful that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take a decision in this regard soon,” he said. Former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti also slammed the party.

    “The BJP will be in majority in the Rajya Sabha in 2016. We hope that they will bring a law and construct the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Or else, they will vanish forever.”

    But Hashim Ansari, the oldest plaintiff in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case said: “We want the Babri Masjid back, but we hope that this will be done democratically. PM Modi should also strike a balance.” – Mail Online India, 12 May 2015

    Dwarka Shankaracharya Swaroopananda Saraswati

    Will build Ram temple in Ayodhya without political help: Dwarka Shankaracharya Swaroopananda – Times of India

    Taking a dig at the BJP government, Hindu religious leaders on Tuesday said they will construct Ram temple at the “Lord’s birthplace” in Ayodhya without any political assistance if the Supreme Court gives order in their favour.

    The statement came in the wake of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stating the NDA government can’t bring law on Ram temple without majority in Rajya Sabha.

    Addressing the Hindu Dharma Sansad at Ramlila Maidan here on Tuesday, Shankaracharya of Dwarkapeeth Swaroopananda Saraswati asked BJP leaders to stop talking about construction of Ram temple.

    “We request you (Singh) with folded hands, don’t talk about Ram Janmabhoomi. We will build Ram temple at the spot,” Shankaracharya said.

    Shankaracharya alleged that a section of political class brought in the name of Mughal emperor Babur to gain “political advantage” and said that the court has accepted the fact that Babar had never been to the place. There were remains that proved that it was a place of worship of Hindus, he claimed.

    “It is Ram Janmbhoomi and if the Supreme Court gives its verdict soon … because they have agreed it is Ram Janmabhoomi, but some portion has been given to Muslims while their plea has been Sri Ram Lalla Temple, Ayodhyarejected…. If that is decided, then we will … without any political party … the saints, great souls, gentlemen will construct Ram temple at the spot of Lord’s birth.

    “And by God’s grace, we won’t need their (politicians) money, people will give us. We will construct temple, you please forgive us. Leave the discussion now,” he added.

    The Sansad also passed a resolution in this regard. Amongst other resolutions adopted by the Sansad are for ban on cow slaughter, imparting knowledge of Ramayana and Mahabharata to youngsters at educational institutes, and for imposing ban on alcohol.

    Hindu Dharma Sansad is a gathering of various Hindu religious bodies and organizations.

    The Sansad also sought to provide relief and help in restoring temples in Nepal which were destroyed in the massive earthquake.

    Shankarcharya also said the political class lacked knowledge of Hindu religion.

    Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifting Bhagavad Gita to Japanese emperor Akihito during his visit to the east Asian country in September last year, Shankaracharya quipped that he should rather ensure children across India are taught lessons from the book.

    Amongst other demands, the gurus demanded introduction of uniform civil code and abolishing Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

    The two-day meet, which concluded tonight, was attended by heads of 13 akhadas across the country. – Times of India, 13 May 2015

    Proposed Ram Temple

  11. Dwarka Acharya Sri Swarupananda Saraswati

    Will build Ram temple in Ayodhya without political help: Shankaracharya – TOI – PTI – New Delhi – May 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Taking a dig at the BJP government, Hindu religious leaders on Tuesday said they will construct Ram temple at the “Lord’s birthplace” in Ayodhya without any political assistance if the Supreme Court gives order in their favour.

    The statement came in the wake of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stating the NDA government can’t bring law on Ram temple without majority in Rajya Sabha.

    Addressing the Hindu Dharma Sansad at Ramlila Maidan here on Tuesday, Shankaracharya of Dwarkapeeth Swaroopananda Saraswati asked BJP leaders to stop talking about construction of Ram temple.

    “We request you (Singh) with folded hands, don’t talk about Ram Janmabhoomi. We will build Ram temple at the spot,” Shankaracharya said.

    Shankaracharya alleged that a section of political class brought in the name of Mughal emperor Babar to gain “political advantage” and said that the court has accepted the fact that Babar had never been to the place. There were remains that proved that it was a place of worship of Hindus, he claimed.

    “It is Ram janmbhoomi and if the Supreme Court gives its verdict soon… because they have agreed it is Ram Janmabhoomi, but some portion has been given to Muslims while their plea has been rejected… If that is decided, then we will… without any political party… the saints, great souls, gentlemen will construct Ram temple at the spot of Lord’s birth.

    “And by God’s grace, we won’t need their (politicians) money, people will give us. We will construct temple, you please forgive us. Leave the discussion now,” he added.

    The Sansad also passed a resolution in this regard. Amongst other resolutions adopted by the Sansad are for ban on cow slaughter, imparting knowledge of ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Mahabharata’ to youngsters at educational institutes, and for imposing ban on alcohol.

    Hindu Dharma Sansad is a gathering of various Hindu religious bodies and organizations.

    The Sansad also sought to provide relief and help in restoring temples in Nepal which were destroyed in the massive earthquake.

    Shankarcharya also said the political class lacked knowledge of Hindu religion.

    Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifting ‘Bhagvad Gita’ to Japanese emperor Akihito during his visit to the east Asian country in September last year, Shankaracharya quipped that he should rather ensure children across India are taught lessons from the book.

    Amongst other demands, the gurus demanded introduction of uniform civil code and abolishing article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

    The two-day meet, which concluded tonight, was attended by heads of 13 ‘aakhadas’ across the country.

  12. Rajnath Singh: NDA government can’t bring law on Ram temple without Rajya Sabha majority – TNN – Faizabad – May 11, 2015

    Union home minister Rajnath Singh said in Ayodhya on Sunday that the NDA government couldn’t bring in a legislation to construct the Ram temple as it didn’t have a majority in the Rajya Sabha.

    “The BJP doesn’t have a majority in the Rajya Sabha, so this time it’s not possible to bring a motion in Parliament to make law for the construction of Ram temple,” the home minister said – he was in Ayodhya to take part in a programme hosted by senior VHP leader Nritya Gopal Das.

    Rajnath’s admission follows RSS and VHP saying they favour giving time to the Modi government until it has a majority in the Upper House.

    Last year, Nritya Gopal Das, who is also Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president, said although the Centre is agreeable to temple construction, it should be given time.

    Rajnath refused to clarify whether the Modi government would bring in a law for Ram temple construction once the party has the numbers in Rajya Sabha.

    “It’s a hypothetical question,” the home minister said when asked if it would bring in a legislation if it gets an RS majority. The BJP has 45 members in the Upper House and is unlikely to will have adequate numbers in the House of 243 during its current tenure.

    While the BJP not only rose to power for the first time riding the Ram wave in the ’90s, it failed to fulfill the promise of temple construction citing alliance government as the reason.

    On Sunday, when asked about underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Singh said he would speak “some thing on Dawood in a day or two in Parliament.” The government was recently left red-faced for its contradictory reply in Parliament on the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim.

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  13. RSS hopes BJP will act on Ram Temple issue: RSS said the issue has always been under discussion – Press Trust of India – Lucknow – October 20, 2014

    RSS on Monday insisted that a “grand temple” be built in Ayodhya and hoped the Narendra Modi government will take up the issue seriously and fulfil BJP’s poll promise.

    “We hope the Centre will take Ram Temple issue seriously as Hindu community wants construction of grand temple in Ayodhya. BJP had mentioned it in its manifesto. We should wait for some time”, RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi told reporters at the end of the three-day RSS meet here.

    He was asked whether the Ram Temple issue was discussed at the RSS conclave.

    “The issue of Ram Temple is always under discussion. Ram Temple is there, this should be accepted. There is a need to make this temple grand. The puja is performed there, thousands of people visit there to pay obeisance. Hindu community wants that a grand temple be constructed there”, he said.

    On the first day of the meet, RSS Joint General-Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale had said that the government has ample time till 2019 to act on the issue of construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

    “Ram Temple is in agenda of the country, its in national interest. We had been supporting VHP and religious leaders on the issue of construction of Ram temple,” Hosabale had said.

    • if this govt. succeeds in constructing S’ri Ram’s temple at Ayodhya , modi will be as much remembered as sardar patel is remembered for the construction of Somanath

  14. Modi cannot fulfil promises he has made (such as cleaning the Ganga), certainly he will not fill promises he has not made!

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