Nearly 500 MPs want Ram temple in Ayodhya: VHP

Conceding that the official stand of their political parties might be different, Jain insisted that these MPs want the temple in Ayodhya.

New Delhi | Published:January 9, 2016 4:43 am
Artists carve stones at a workshop at Kar Sevak Puram in Ayodhya on Thursday. (PTI photo) Artists carve stones at a workshop at Kar Sevak Puram in Ayodhya on Thursday. (Source: PTI file photo)

The VHP on Friday claimed it has approval of almost 500 Lok Sabha MPs for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Making a fresh pitch for construction of the temple at the disputed site, it said the public cannot wait endlessly for the court decision and that Parliament must act now.

“In the last few months we have spoken to around 500 MPs. Almost all of them want a temple in Ayodhya. The vested interests of some leaders cannot keep the feelings of MPs hostage forever,” VHP Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain told The Indian Express.

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Jain refused to name the MPs or offer evidence of their consent for the construction. Conceding that the official stand of their political parties might be different, Jain insisted that these MPs want the temple in Ayodhya.

“We want to begin construction before the next Lok Sabha polls. If courts cannot decide the issue, let Parliament pass a bill. We are hopeful that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ensure that construction begins during his term. It was also in his agenda,” Jain added.

“We are going ahead with our preparations. We are only waiting to receive possession of the land,” he said.

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  1. J
    Just thought
    Jan 9, 2016 at 3:47 am
    Please also carve RIP BHARATon the stone
    1. B
      Bhagwandas Gupta
      Jan 11, 2016 at 11:15 am
      In my opinion it will never be possible to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya as per the wishes of V.H.P. at disputed site .It is only a burning issue for political gains of V.H.P and B.J.P. Elections will come and go ,governments will be formed or dissolved but dispute will re.main dispute.No govt or no any political party want sincerely to construct the Ram temple in Ayodhya. So long Muslims are in INDIA , and their mandate matters in elections it should not even be imagined about the Temple construction .It is a burning issue for Elections and will remain.It is a good idea to be fool HINDUS to gather votes at the time of elections and nothing else.It is just like Kashmir Issue which will never be solved. without issues there is no value of political party in elections.I am also a Hindu and ardent follower of RAM but I do not find any truth which is likely to be happened.
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        Bijan Mohanty
        Jan 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm
        Since UP election is approaching, and BJP and Narendra Modi are sitting with zero performance score card, Mandir issue has to be pushed for getting votes.
        1. P
          Jan 10, 2016 at 6:04 am
          Hundred crore people in India want Ram temple to be constructed in Ayodhya. The issue cannot remain hostage to vested interests of few politicians for too long. Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be built, either before 2019 or later.
        2. P
          Jan 10, 2016 at 6:06 am
          They will carve "RIP Anti-Hindu Pseudo-Secularism" on it.
          1. M
            madan gupta
            Jan 9, 2016 at 1:40 am
            यह विहिप, आरएसएस, देश को बर्बाद कर रही है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट के कहने पर भी मंदिर कभी नहीं बन सकता, यह सब चंदा खाने का बहाना है.
            1. P
              Jan 9, 2016 at 4:04 am
              BJP must fulfill Ram Temple Promises
              1. R
                Jan 10, 2016 at 9:54 am
                Temple,conversion,beef,Cow, etcdians must show maturity, must push and drown these dreaded avatars of RSS and ISIS into Bay of Bengal. VHP/RSS/Bajrang to play all deadly religious cards must be stop . save county from these evil. Let people live in peace in the Country. What is the definition of idolatry?" Answer: The definition of idolatry, according to Webster, is “the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing.” An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God. The most prevalent form of idolatry in Bible times was the worship of images that were thought to embody the various pagan deities. From the beginning, God’s covenant with Israel was based on exclusive worship of Him alone (Exodus 20:3;Deuteronomy 5:7). The Israelites were not even to mention the names of false gods (Exodus 23:13) because to do so would acknowledge their existence and give credence to their power and influence over the people. Israel was forbidden to intermarry with other cultures who embraced false gods, because God knew this would lead to compromise. The book of Hosea uses the imagery of adultery to describe Israel’s continual chasing after other gods, like an unfaithful wife chases after other men. The history of Israel is a sad chronicle of idol worship, punishment, restoration and forgiveness, followed by a return to idolatry. The books of 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, and 1 and 2 Chronicles reveal this destructive pattern. The Old Testament prophets endlessly prophesied dire consequences for Israel if they continued in their idolatry. Mostly, they were ignored until it was too late and God’s wrath against idol-worship was poured out on the nation. But ours is a merciful God, and He never failed to forgive and restore them when they repented and sought His forgiveness. In reality, idols are impotent blocks of stone or wood, and their power exists only in the minds of the worshipers. The idol of the god Dagon was twice knocked to the floor by God to show the Philistines just who was God and who wasn’t (1 Samuel 5:1-5). The “contest” between God and His prophet Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel is a dramatic example of the power of the true God and the impotence of false gods (1 Kings 18:19-40). The testimony of Scripture is that God alone is worthy of worship. Idol worship robs God of the glory that is rightfully His, and that is something He will not tolerate (Isaiah 42:8). Even today there are religions that bow before statues and icons, a practice forbidden by God’s Word. The significance God places upon it is reflected in the fact that the first of the Ten Commandments refers to idolatry: “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me” (Exodus 20:3-5). Idolatry extends beyond the worship of idols and images and false gods. Our modern idols are many and varied. Even for those who do not bow physically before a statue, idolatry is a matter of the heart—pride, self-centeredness, greed, gluttony, a love for possessions and ultimately rebellion against God. Is it any wonder that God hates it? How are idols connected to demons (Deuteronomy 32:16-17)?" Answer: Deuteronomy 32:16–17 states, “They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods; with abominations they provoked him to anger. They sacrificed to demons that were no gods, to gods they had never known, to new gods that had come recently, whom your fathers had never dreaded” (ESV). This page ociates pagan gods with “demons” and warns God’s people not to be involved with idolatry. The Hebrew text here uses what is called synonymous parallelism, in which two or more lines communicate the same idea using different words. In this case, the parallels include “strange gods” and “demons that were no gods.” Grammatically, the demons and the foreign gods are the same. The text clearly connects pagan worship with evil spirits. The false gods are in contrast with the true God, the “Rock” in verses 15 and 17. Leviticus 17:7 adds another important connection: “They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have pla the harlot” (NKJV). Here, these demons (the ESV has “goat demons”) are other gods worshiped by the surrounding cultures. Again, demons are equated with pagan gods in this page. It is no coincidence that demonic activity is ociated with religions that embrace a mulude of gods and goddesses. A desire to have supernatural contact with the “spirit world” often focuses people on supernatural power apart from the power God offers through a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit. The devil desires to be worshiped (Matthew 4:9), and demons teach false doctrine in order to deceive (1 Timothy 4:1). Those who worship false gods are, wittingly or unwittingly, pledging their allegiance to evil spirits who desire to usurp God’s rightful place in our hearts. To the Christian, an idol is “nothing” (1 Corinthians 8:4). That is, demons and their deceit have no true power over us. Any power they wield pales in comparison with the power of Christ (see Mark 5:7–8).
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