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If you can't construct Ram Temple, seek a fresh mandate: VHP
July 12, 2003 15:55 IST
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Saturday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to seek a fresh mandate if it could not bring in a law to facilitate construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The outfit, however, backtracked on its demand that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee should resign over his 'failure' on the issue.
Briefing reporters on the resolution passed at Friday's meeting of the Ram Mandir Nirman Andolan Samiti, VHP leader Ashok Singhal warned that Hindu society and religious leaders would launch a countrywide stir against the BJP if it 'turns away from its duty' to introduce a bill on Ayodhya.
He also ruled out any compromise on Sangh Parivar's resolve to 'liberate' the 'disputed' shrines at Kashi and Mathura.
Without directly naming the Kanchi Shankaracharya, whose latest peace initiative was 'rejected' by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, the resolution condemned the efforts at 'trading' on the issue 'by negotiating on terms humiliating and unacceptable to Hindus and neglecting the sentiments of the Hindu society, religious leaders and the VHP, which had been waging a struggle for the temple over the last four decades'.
"It was his (Kanchi Seer's) responsibility to take us into confidence before taking the initiative," Singhal said.
Singhal, however, said the meeting did not fix any 'deadline or ultimatum' to the BJP on the issue of bringing in a law for constructing the Ram Temple.
The BJP had been consistently maintaining that the VHP demand for a legislation on Ram temple was neither 'feasible' nor part of the NDA agenda.
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