BJP committed to Ram temple: Rajnath

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 19:50 hrs

Allahabad, Feb 6 (IBNS) After taking a holy dip at the ongoing Maha Kumbh mela (fair) at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh, said his party BJP is committed to the construction of a Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodha in Uttar Pradesh.

Sharing the dais with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its leaders like Ashok Singhal, who demanded construction of the Ram Temple and upped the ante over it threatening another movement, Singh said: "Ram Mandir should come up in the Ram Janmabhoomi [Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh]. This is our commitment and it will remain."

"I only need your blessings [at the VHP followers and monks present there] so that we get enough strength to fulfil the desire of crores of Ram devotees and not just you," Singh said.

Singh said anyone who believes in Hindu religion is committed to Ram Temple.

He said his Kumbh visit cannot be linked to politics and he came for pilgrimage and for blessings.

BJP might go back to its Hindutva plant ahead of the big polls in 2014.

In 1992, on Dec 6, the Babri Mosque structure at Ayondha was demolished by the Hindu Kar Sevaks (volunteers) who said a Ram Temple was there before the mosque was built over it, triggering nationwide riots.

A subsequent land title case was lodged in the Allahabad High Court, the verdict of which was pronounced on 30 Sept 2010. In the landmark hearing, the three judges of The Allahabad High Court ruled that the 2.77 acres (1.12 ha) of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Lord Rama represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha for the construction of the Ram temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining 1/3 going to a Hindu religious denomination Nirmohi Akhara.

While the three-judge bench was not unanimous that the disputed structure was constructed after demolition of a temple, it did agree that a temple or a temple structure predated the mosque at the same site.

The excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India were heavily used as evidence by the court that the predating structure was a massive Hindu religious building.

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