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VHP warns of mass agitation if PM fails to resolve Ayodhya dispute by May

Lucknow: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue till May 2015 failing which it will hold mass campaigns for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.A

India TV News Desk [ Updated: February 25, 2015 15:03 IST ]
vhp warns of mass agitation if pm fails to resolve ayodhya
vhp warns of mass agitation if pm fails to resolve ayodhya dispute by may

Lucknow: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue till May 2015 failing which it will hold mass campaigns for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

A VHP spokesperson for Ayodhya affairs Sharad Sharma told a leading daily, “The VHP doesn't believe in trivializing the issue. We need entire 70 acres of land, which is dubbed as disputed because of the litigation filed by Muslims."

He further says that Modi came to power because BJP raised the agenda of development and national growth and accordingly they thought to give a year to the government to fulfill its promises made during the election campaigns.

However, he said, as decided at a meeting of VHP leaders and important saints, post May, that is exactly after an year of Modi government's rule, the saints will hold a meeting with the PM and demand that a law be enacted in Parliament to pave the way for construction of Ram Temple at the same site.

The group alleges that people with no locus standi have been trying to show interest in the case. Here, he quoted Hashim Ansari, the oldest surviving plaintiff from the Babri Masjid side, who with the help of Akhara Parishad chief Mahanth Gyan Das has come up with a bizarre plan to resolve the deadlock.

Then, when Samajwadi supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav or a representative of his meets Ansari, he returns to his abode.

Sharma said that the party hardly cares about his such “gimmicks”.

Meanwhile, Ansari alongwith Gyan Das claims that they have reached a compromise formula on the vexed issue by discussing it with major saints of the country. They say that they have sought time from the PM for a meeting to discuss the same.

Ansari says, “We believe that there can be a temple and a masjid on 70 acres of the disputed land with a 100-feet high wall that will separate activities of the two communities in their religious sites."

However, when asked that why he is taking help of Gyan Das in the issue who has no role to play, Ansari justifies by saying that the former wants a peaceful co-existence of both the communities and since he is 93 and can die any day hence, he is in a hurry to solve the problem.

Das, however, added that they do not want VHP to intervene as their leaders do not want peace in the country.

But, Zafaryab Jilani, the additional advocate general of Uttar Pradesh who is also the counsel for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board outrightly rejects Das' theory. He says that VHP is part and parcel of the case as its leader represents Ram Lala in the Court and hence there is no formula to arrive at a conclusion without involving VHP.

In its 2010 judgment, the Allahabad HC had ruled that the disputed 70 acres of land be trifurcated and the makeshift temple area be given to Ram Lala Virajman (the party in the case) while the Chabutara (platform) and Sita Ki Rasoi (kitchen of goddess Sita) be given to Nirmohi Akhara besides an unspecified one-third portion to the Sunni Central Waqf Board.

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