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Advani campaigns in Ayodhya, rakes up Ram Mandir issue

Last updated on: February 4, 2012 21:31 IST

Advani campaigns in Ayodhya, rakes up Ram Mandir issue

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Raking up the Ayodhya issue, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani on Saturday said the aim of his life would be achieved the day a grand Ram temple was constructed in this holy city.

Addressing an election rally in Ayodhya, he reiterated his determination to construct a magnificent Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The then Rajiv Gandhi government should have taken an initiative for the construction of a Ram temple on the lines of the one taken by the then Congress dispensation for Somnath temple, the BJP veteran said.

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Image: BJP leader L K Advani during his rath yatra in 1992


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'Our efforts will continue'

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"The samadhan (aim) of my public life will be achieved the day a grand temple is constructed at the place where the idol of Lord Ram is placed. I believe that all the Ram bhakts (devotees) want this day to come soon. Our efforts will continue in this direction," Advani said.

Recalling the Allahabad high court verdict on the issue, he said all the three judges had accepted that the place where the idol was placed is the birthplace of Lord Ram.

Hindus and Muslims leaders should sit together to work out a formula for resolving the issue, Advani said.

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'Learnt a lot from rath yatra'

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He said after reading the books Somnath and Pilgrimage to Freedom, he came to know that there were problems about the construction of Somnath temple for former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

"I came to know that Pandit Nehru had headed the meeting which decided to rebuild the Somnath temple and among others present there were Maulana Azad, Sardar Patel and K Munshi," Advani said.

Referring to his rath yatra for the Ram temple, Advani said he had learnt a lot from it.

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Image: A file photo of the Babri Masjid


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'Ayodhya has done a lot for me'

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"Advani has done nothing for Ayodhya but Ayodhya has done a lot for me. It has taught me Rashtradharma. Rath yatra is the best option to awaken the country on any issue," he said.

On the issue of black money stashed in foreign banks, Advani said the condition of Indian villages could change if the government and leaders resolve neither to give or take bribes and decide to bring back the black money.

"Nearly 25 lakh crore are in foreign banks and if the money is brought back, it can change the picture of the entire nation," he said.

Referring to the army chief age row and the 2G spectrum issue, Advani said, "This is perhaps the only government which has to hear harsh words from the judiciary."


Image: A file photo of Ayodhya

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