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Hand over Ayodhya land by Feb 22: VHP to Centre
January 03, 2003 02:58 IST
Mounting a renewed offensive on the Ram temple issue, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Thursday served an ultimatum to the National Democratic Alliance government to return the "undisputed" land, acquired by the Centre, before February 22.
"The margdarshak mandal is meeting on February 21, while the dharma sansad is meeting from February 22 to 24 to discuss the Ayodhya issue. We demand that our land be returned to us before that,” VHP senior vice-president Giriraj Kishore said in New Delhi.
He said the VHP has constituted a committee to implement the decisions taken by the dharma sansad. The panel, led by S C Dikshit, former director general of Uttar Pradesh police and former Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Varanasi, comprises senior VHP leaders Rajendra Singh 'Pankaj' and Champat Rai.
"We have no faith in the words of politicians. We will follow every word of the decisions taken by the dharma sansad,” he said.
To a question on similar announcements made by VHP last year ahead of its much-hyped shiladaan on March 15, he said, "We were cheated [by the government] at that time. This time we are prepared for the worst. At the most they may arrest us or open fire on us. We are ready for that."
He said the recent VHP national executive at Pune had adopted resolutions on terrorism as also Ram Janmabhoomi issue, which had categorically stated that the central government would be responsible for any confrontation.
The meeting had also adopted separate resolutions on the issue of cow protection and conversions.