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SP dubs VHP’s plan to re-start Ram temple campaign poll gimmick

SP dubs VHP’s plan to re-start Ram temple campaign poll gimmick
With possibility of early Lok Sabha elections round the cornor, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has decided to rekindle the Ram temple construction campaign. After 11 long years, the VHP would launch a fresh phase of awareness programme for the early construction of Ram temple on the opening day of the Navratra here on Thursday.

The VHP has decided to hold parikarma of the carved stones and shilas kept at the Shree Ram Janambhoomi Trust office here.

‘The parikarma would start at 2 pm after holding a puja in the presence of VHP patron Ashok Singhal and chairman of the Shree Ram Janambhoomi Trust Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. The parikarma would continue till 13 May,’ a VHP source told Millennium Post here on Wednesday.

Sources said the fresh initiative would give boost to the early construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya. ‘After the parikarma, the devotees would take oath for construction of the Ram temple at Saryu river. The VHP will also distribute idols of Lord Ram in 300 villages surrounding Ayodhya,’ sources said.

In March, 2002 under the leadership of  former chairman of Shree Ram Janambhoomi Trust late Parhamans Ramchandra Das, the VHP had organised a ‘Shiladaan’ programme which was later suspended  and a symbolic programme was held on the request of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

These stones and shilas, about one lakh in number, were brought to Ayodhya in 1989 before the demolition of the disputed structure in 1992. These shilas and carved stones were to be used for the 212 pillars for the 128 feet, 140 feet breadth and 268 feet long Ram temple proposed to be constructed on the pattern of the Somnath Temple.

The Samajwadi Party says BJP is using Ram temple issue again to sensitise Hindu vote bank and therefore VHP has decided to re-visit the issue after 11 years. ‘The BJP always invokes Lord Ram before election and this time too it is doing the same,’ SP spokesman rajendra Chaudhry said.
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