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No winners in VHP’s Ayodhya blame game

The two-day meeting of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi High-Powered Committee, which concluded today, provided VHP leaders and dharmacharayas with a pl...

The two-day meeting of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi High-Powered Committee, which concluded today, provided VHP leaders and dharmacharayas with a platform to exchange views on the status of their temple movement.

The blame game was on; so the dharmacharyas blamed the VHP for not being serious about construction of the Ram temple while the latter blamed the BJP for using temple as a poll issue. ‘‘The VHP was never serious about the temple construction otherwise the temple would have been built much earlier. They (the VHP) were busier installing the BJP government. Had the VHP not been associated with a political party, they would have managed to make their own identity,’’ said Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chairman mahant Ramchchand Paramhans.

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The VHP was quick to refute these charges. ‘‘The change (in political fortune of BJP) was not an outcome of L.K. Advani’s rath yatra but because of the sacrifices made by kar sevaks. The BJP managed to create an impression that they were working in tandem with the VHP for the temple movement but the fact was that the agitation was not backed by any political outfit,’’ VHP working president Ashok Singhal said.

Addressing media later, committee president mahant Avaidyanath seemed to agree: ‘‘The impression that the BJP was backing the temple movement weakened our efforts.’’

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The two-day meeting also endorsed what was decided during the satyagraha at New Delhi from March 27 to April 3 that the MPs, regardless of their political affiliation, would now be persuaded to come out with their stand on the temple issue. ‘‘We will start the exercise during the ongoing session of Parliament while the MPs will be approached during the monsoon session,’’ said Singhal.

‘‘Parliament should enact a Bill on the issue and handover the land to us for the temple. If our exercise with the MPs fails, we will launch a massive agitation,’’ said Avaidyanath.

The VHP also indicated today that they have no plans to shun claims on the shrines at Varansi and Mathura.‘‘The Ram temple in Ayodhya is not assuming shape because Muslims don’t want it there and ‘perverted secularists’ are dancing to their tune with the hope of getting their votes. Right now we are concentrating on building the Ram temple. The remaining two shrines will be taken up later. From now on, all decisions will be taken by the Hindu samaj,’’ said Singhal.

First published on: 01-05-2003 at 12:00:00 am
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