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A DG in Uttar Pradesh pledges to build Ram temple in Ayodhya earliest

Speaking to The Indian Express, Shukla said: “The issue is being blown out of proportion. This was a seminar to facilitate a consensus among Hindu and Muslim communities over the issue of the Ram temple."

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: February 3, 2018 10:18 am
An IPS officer Surya Kumar Shukla in Uttar Pradesh pledged to build Ram Mandir in Ayodhya UP Home Guard Director General S K Shukla (second from left) takes the pledge at a Lucknow University event.

An IPS officer heading the Uttar Pradesh Home Guard has been captured on video taking a pledge to work for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya “as soon as possible”. The video comes days after the state government drew flak over the failure to control communal clashes in Kasganj, where a 22-year-old man was killed.

The video, purportedly shot during an event at Lucknow University on January 28, shows Surya Kumar Shukla, Director General, Home Guard Headquarters, as saying: “Aaj is karyakram ke dauran, hum sab ye sankalp lete hain ke jaldse jald Ram Mandir ka bhavya nirmaan ho… Jai Shri Ram (Today, at this programme, all of us take a pledge that the Ram temple is made as soon as possible… Jai Shri Ram).”

Officials said the event ‘Ram Mandir Samasya aur Samadhan’ was organised by various outfits under the Akhil Bhartiya Samagra Vichar Manch and held at the Department of Public Administration’s building in Lucknow University.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Shukla, who is scheduled to retire in August, said: “The issue is being blown out of proportion. This was a seminar to facilitate a consensus among Hindu and Muslim communities over the issue of the Ram temple. The Supreme Court, too, has directed that a solution be found through discussions. This event was an effort by some Muslims and I had gone there after being invited as I felt it was a good move. I do not find anything wrong with being part of the programme.”

Asked about the pledge, Shukla said, “What is wrong? I just said ‘Ram Mandir ka nirman ho’.”

Later, a statement issued on behalf of Shukla by the Central Training Institute, Home Guards, said that “it would be appropriate to build the Ram temple in the future” and that “everybody pledged to find out solution of this problem in future”.

Asked about Shukla taking the pledge, UP’s Principal Secretary (Home), Arvind Kumar, said, “The DG has given a clarification over the matter and there is no need to seek any further explanation.” However, the central IPS Association sought to distance itself from Shukla’s “act”.

“We disassociate ourselves from the act of a senior IPS officer as shown in the video & reiterate that it is against the ethos of neutrality, fairness and uprightness that Indian Police Service stands for,” the association posted on its official Twitter account.

Officials said organisations such as RSS-backed Muslim Rashtriya Manch, Sanatan Mahasabha, Karyasevak Muslim Manch, Bajrangbali Samajik Seva Sansthan and Bhagwa Raksha Vahini were part of the event.

Raza Rizvi, national convener of the intellectual cell of Muslim Rashtriya Manch, said, “I attended the event because all we want is the welfare of everyone. This dispute of Ramjanmabhoomi should end, and a Ram temple be made there. This event was organised to discuss the issue and its solution. The motive was to bring together people from the Hindu and Muslim communities who want a solution.”

Rizvi said Muslim Manch office-bearer Azam Khan had asked everyone present at the event to take the pledge for the construction of the temple “as soon as possible”. Lucknow University spokesperson, N K Pandey, said the institution was not part of the event and had merely offered a hall to organise the discussion. “It was entirely their programme and the university provided the venue as we thought that Ram Mandir is an important social issue and any healthy discussion on it is a welcome move,” Pandey said.

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    Gangu Radhakishan
    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:40 am
    A b new, RAM Temple and also lord Shiva temple should be built on modern standards with facilities like in Thirumala/ Thirupathi(cottages with modern kitchens, sprinklers, gardens, goshala, vegetarian restaurants etc.,) in each state/UT across India over an area of 100 or more acres of land. Ordinary people can go there to stay for a week or more every year so that the family values thickens, sacredness goes to the top. In Ayodhya, we can wait until court gives final judgment so that there will be peace in the society. In California state alone, more than 50 Hindu temples were built in last two decades. When India will improves the sacredness of Vedic values, culture, traditions as they were diluted from several centuries? Of course all the religions and those who are modern can take the brightness if they would like to have sacredness in their families following their own culture, customs strictly, with the intension of not diluting the true values of truth and dharma of the land.
    1. ASHOK
      Feb 3, 2018 at 9:15 am
      When The President,Vice President and the NEECH PM are all from RSS this is Expected
      1. Mita Agrawal
        Feb 3, 2018 at 8:43 am
        "SUKLA" Brahmin Bhai.... RESERVE CATEGORY YAAR...He is planning Post retirement job. How can we expect good?Remember Ram temple will benefit only Brahmin as they will do business there by using their quota.Our God Shree Ram is within our heart so no need of blood bath..
        1. Saksham Yadav
          Feb 3, 2018 at 8:33 am
          Tel laga lo dabur ka, naam mita do babur ka.
          1. Anupam Singh
            Feb 3, 2018 at 6:54 am
            People who are secular must read the story of Gambia. How it converted to Islamic country in 2015?
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