VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Sunday expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would ensure a grand Ram Mandir is built in Ayodhaya as decided by the BJP national executive and promised in the Lok Sabha elections.
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VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Sunday expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi
would ensure a grand Ram Mandir is built in Ayodhaya as decided by the BJP national
executive and promised in the Lok Sabha elections.
Togadia, the executive international president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), told reporters
here that a grand temple of Lord Ram would be built at the place where Babri mosque was
demolished on December 6, 1992.
"In the national executive meet of the BJP, a promise was made to build Ram temple on the
lines of Gujarat's Somnath temple by passing a law in parliament. I trust Narendra Modi,"
"I trust that fulfilling the promise made in the party's resolution and promised during elections,
he would realise the dream of millions of Hindus for building a temple dedicated to Lord Ram,"
Giving a call to all Hindus to stay prepared to construct a grand Ram Mandir, he said the holy
men should stay ready to follow direction.
"Lord Ram's temple will be built, just as Sardar Patel had built Somnath temple, meaning by
making a legislation in parliament," the VHP leader said.
"They have orchestrated many riots and many others have been planned. RSS should be
declared a terrorist organisation," Khan said here.
Hitting back at Khan, BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said when Prime Ministers like
Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi could not harm RSS, and then people like
him were of little worth. "It's just an effort to create communal tension, appease a section of
people and cover up the failures of the Uttar Pradesh government," he said.
He said Khan, Samajwadi Party and Congress suffered from "RSS-phobia" and their rants
against it have made no difference to the "nationalist" organisation. PTI
RSS works to integrate country and attach people to their culture, Sharma claimed, adding that
Khan and his party represented "fissiparous" forces which believed in thepolitics of
On the Ram Mandir issue, Khan said, "We want to assure BJP and RSS that if Babri Masjid is
built at the same place (in Ayodhya) all the Muslims of India will leave no stone unturned for
the BJP to come back to power".
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj ruled out construction of a masjid at the disputed site.
"No power in the world can build a masjid there. The entire world may raise chants of Babri,
Babri. A temple was there, temple is there and a temple will be there always," he told
Khan had earlier sparked a row by accusing Jama Masjid's Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari
of being hand-in-glove with Hindu outfits which were "silent" on his son's marriage to a Hindu
though they were vociferously raising the issue of "love jihad".
The UP minister had described Bukhari as an RSS agent, a charge dismissed by Bukhari.