DAYS AFTER Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) national working president Pravin Togadia had said that the organisation will not initiate any movement for the construction of a Ram temple, the VHP on Sunday did not take up the issue in a meeting of its Awadh region office-bearers, held at Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya.
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In the meeting, VHP focused on preparations for Ram Mahotsav that it will celebrate from April 8 to 22.
It decided to distribute posters of the proposed design of the Ram temple and saffron flags carrying its photographs during the event.
The meeting held in the presence of VHP central co-organisation general secretary Vinayak Rai Deshpande, joint secretary Ras Bihari and other office-bearers of eastern Kshetra and Awadh region.
“Ram Mahotsav will be celebrated across the country… around 1.25 lakh idols of Lord Ram will be placed in villages and religious programmes, like bhajans, aarti and discourse will be organised. Religious processions will also be taken out on April 15, which is Ram Navami,” VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma said.
He added that no new movement for Ram temple construction was discussed. “It was a routine meeting that focussed on organisational activities and Ram Mahotsav,” he claimed. “Workers will ensure that saffron flags carrying photographs of the proposed Ram temple are put up on top of houses of all Hindus, at least in Ayodhya and adjoining areas of Awadh region,” said Sharma.
Rao, in his address, said “Ram Mahotsav will reunite Hindus, who have been divided by so-called seculars and politicians”.
Newly appointed Kshetra Organisation Secretary Ambrish Singh said Ram Mahotsav will give direction to construction of a grand Ram temple. “VHP will stress upon setting up of satsang kendras in every village to strengthen the organisation,” he added.
In the meeting, VHP also decided to form organsiational units at areas with population of 2,000. At present, VHP has organisational units of Khand at areas with a population of 10,000 and Prakhand for a population of one lakh.