|Rediff India Abroad Home | All the sections|
ASI or no ASI, temple will be built: VHP
Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi | June 11, 2003 19:30 IST
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Wednesday insisted that whatever be the result of the excavations carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India in Ayodhya, a temple to Lord Ram will be built at the disputed site.
VHP leader Surendra Jain told reporters in New Delhi that courts of law are not competent to decide on matters of faith for Hindus.
Jain claimed that the ASI's brief was not to find out whether a temple existed at the disputed site, but whether a mosque had been built there over an existing structure.
"The ASI [interim] report says a mandir has not been found. But bricks are being discovered," he said.
VHP vice-president Giriraj Kishore said 200 representatives of the organisation had assembled at Ayodhya and sworn to construct the Ram temple there.
Kishore claimed that 18 Bharatiya Janata Party members of Parliament were among those who had taken the vow.
He said Bajrang Dal activists would mobilise two crore people in two lakh villages across the country for the construction.
"If Parliament does not enact a law for constructing the temple in Ayodhya during the impending monsoon session, we will launch a massive agitation," Kishore warned.
Jain said the VHP would create an atmosphere in which no political party would dare oppose the temple.
Kishore refused to comment on the Kanchi shankaracharya's recent statements on Ayodhya, saying the VHP did not wish to drag the seer's name in any controversy.
Jain earlier said the inclusion of some Muslim denominations like Ansari, Idrissi, Nadaf, Mansoori and Salmani in (job) reservations had proved hollow the community's claim of every member being equal.
When told that some states had given reservations to backward Muslims under the Mandal Commission category, he said that would be 'totally unconstitutional' and termed it an act of minority appeasement.
When his attention was drawn to the en masse conversion of people into Buddhism, Jain said the VHP does not mind it "because Buddhism is a part of Hinduism".
The Ayodhya Issue: The Complete Coverage