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RSS chief backs VHP's resolution for building Ram Mandir; calls Modi his friend

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Thu, Feb 07, 2013 19:03 hrs
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Allahabad: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday backed VHP's resolution for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, saying its construction is like establishing the "Indian identity" just as he described Narendra Modi as his "friend".

"I have said that construction of the temple is like a movement to establish the country's self identity. It is an identity of our country and we have to establish it," he said speaking to reporters at the Kumbh Mela here.

The VHP has demanded that a bill be introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament so that Ram Janambhoomi land could be handed over to the Shri Ram Janambhoomi Nyas for construction of the Ram temple.

It adopted a resolution at the central advisory committee meeting on Wednesday asking the government in this regard failing which the "Hindu samaj will be compelled to launch a massive agitation".

'Modi is my friend'

Earlier, Mohan Bhagwat described Narendra Modi as his "friend" but side-stepped queries on the possible projection of the Gujarat Chief Minister as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate.

"He is my friend", said Bhagwat when asked by reporters what he thought of Modi.

However, when asked whether he supported the demand for projecting the Gujarat Chief Minister as the Prime Ministerial candidate, the RSS chief said, "I am not a political person.....I am not here on a political visit".

Bhagwat was speaking to mediapersons at the ongoing Maha Kumbh congregation here during which he is likely to attend the "Dharm Sansad" of Sangh Parivar outfit Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

A section of BJP leaders have demanded that Modi be declared as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate.

VHP leader Ashok Singhal had yesterday said the Gujarat Chief Minister enjoys the same popularity as that of the first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru.

However, senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia had on Tuesday ducked queries on the likelihood of VHP pressing for projection of Modi as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate.

"I will only say the VHP is committed to helping the Hindus achieve what is their due," he had said when asked about the possibility of VHP pitching for Modi as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate.

On Singhal calling Modi "Hindu Hriday Samrat", he had said, "We are engaged in a collective effort. This is not the time to ponder over personal likes and dislikes".

When asked to comment on Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's Hindu terror remark, Bhagwat said Hindus don't indulge in violence.

"Violence and terrorism have never had a place in the RSS or the entire Sangh Parivar," said Bhagwat.





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