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Take inititative for Ram temple, Rajnath tells Muslims

January 06, 2006 01:54 IST

Seeking to revive the Ram temple issue after a long hiatus, new Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh Thursday appealed to Muslims to take the initiative to enable the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

"The Ram temple issue should be resolved. It is a national and cultural issue. I appeal to the Muslims to take the initiative to enable the construction of a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya," he said in an informal chat with reporters in New Delhi.

Drawing parallel between the broken Wailing Wall of King Solomon's temple and its importance to the Jewish people over the centuries, he said, "I feel pity for the people who talk of constructing a hospital, a library or a memorial at the disputed site. A nation can remain united only on its cultural values. The way culture can inspire, no hospital or educational institution can," he said.

On the issue of ideological deviation, he said, "There is no question of deviating from the ideological journey we began."

Asked whether he too would undertake a Rath Yatra like his predecessor Lal Kishenchand Advani, Singh said, "The party will decide if some important issue is there. Yatras are undertaken to create mass awareness and under the United Progressive Alliance, there is no shortage of issues."

He said talks are on for firming up an alliance in Assam, but declined to divulge details.Assembly polls.

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Sub: great initiative

Mr rajnath sounds so polite n humble in his appeal to muslims to help build temple.. how about him appealing to the hindus to forget ...

Posted by abc

Sub: Rajnath

He is on the right track. Unlike Advani who messed up things under Vajpayee's influence, Rajnath should be firm and resolute is ensuring that the ...

Posted by R R Sharma

Sub: RE:take Initiative for Ram Temple

i just want to ask Mr. Rajnath one thing, why high profile people fly abroad for treatment of any illness, why not to Ram Temple, ...

Posted by Girish Bhatia

Sub: Why now?

Why does the BJP need to get back to these games? They are simply attempting to revert to their old ideology and stir up communal ...

Posted by Sikandar



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