“Work on carving stones to make structures for Ram temple is already underway at the workshop of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, which is being overseen by VHP secretary general Champat Rai.”- Lalmani Verma
A day after Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha raised the issue of stones being brought to Ayodhya for construction of Ram temple and alleged that it was a conspiracy by the BJP and the RSS to communally polarise Uttar Pradesh ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls, RSS’ all India Sah-Prachar Pramukh, J Nandakumar, on Thursday clarified the temple will certainly be built in the future but the Sangh will not take any step against the law to ensure the same.
Referring to the statement issued by Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member and former BJP MP, Ram Vilas Vedanti, on Wednesday that RSS wants construction work to begin before Assembly polls, Nandakumar said no deadline has been fixed for the purpose.
“That is Ram Janmabhoomi and it is a clear fact. Temple will be built there in future. The high court has given its judgment that there is Ram Janmabhoomi but some people are not agreeing to it and have moved the higher court. Every person in the country who thinks in the interest of the nation agrees that a temple should be built at Ram Janmabhoomi. But, the problem is with time,” said Nandakumar, who was in Lucknow on a two-day tour. “RSS has never believed in doing anything against law and order and other constitutional arrangements,” he added.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Nandakumar said while no discussion for fixing a deadline has taken place in the RSS, as far as the issue of tabling a bill in the Parliament was concerned, it was a matter associated with the government and not in the hands of RSS.
“The temple has already come up at the site but it is yet to be given a grander shape,” he added.
The controversy associated with Ram temple began after a fresh lot of pink sandstones from Rajasthan arrived at Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s workshop in Ram Sevak Puram in Ayodhya on Sunday [Dec. 20th].
Following the development, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had held a meeting on Tuesday with top state officials. They were directed that effective measures be taken to ensure peace and harmony in the state.
Work on carving stones to make structures for Ram temple is already underway at the workshop of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, which is being overseen by VHP secretary general Champat Rai.
The government is keeping a close watch on the activities taking place at the workshop. – The Indian Express, 25 December 2015
» Lalmani Verma reports to The Indian Express on Ayodhya.