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VHP favours 'Hindutvavadi' Parliament

Source: PTI
February 01, 2013 17:45 IST
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Asserting the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute could be resolved only by Parliament and not by a court of law, the Vishwa Hindu Parishand today said it would initiate efforts at the Maha Kumbh in Allahabad to ensure that those sensitive towards the sentiments of Hindus were elected to it in a large number.

"The proposed construction of a temple of Lord Rama at Ayodhya has hit a deadlock due to legal tangles. The VHP has always believed this is an issue that can be resolved only by Parliament and not by a court of law," Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal told reporters.

"We need a Hindutvavadi Sansad wherein elected members are sensitive towards the sentiments of Hindus," he said.

"We will initiate efforts towards achieving the goal of a Hindutvavadi Sansad at the ongoing Maha Kumbh next week," the VHP leader said.

"We will seek to ensure that those sensitive towards the Hindu cause are elected to Parliament in a sufficiently large number", he said.

A meeting of the Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal (Central Advisory Council) would take place on February 6 which would be followed by a Dharm Sansad and Sant Mahasammelan a day later, Singhal said.

Sangh Parivar leaders and religious heads would chalk out a strategy to safeguard the "interest of Hindu community" at these meetings, he said.

On possible projection of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Singhal quipped "this is BJP's internal matter".

On opposition by some sadhus to the proposed visit to Maha Kumbh of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Singhal evaded a direct reply.

The administration had already given permission for setting up of a "Lama Nagar" -- a camp where the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Buddhists would hold their discourses, the VHP leader said.

He had also been extended an invite by the VHP to attend some of their functions, which Singhal said, the exiled monk had accepted.

The VHP leader said in the first instance of its kind, the Juna Akhara, believed to be the oldest and the largest order of "naga" ascetics, had invited him to take part in the "Shahi Snan" of Mauni Amavasya on February 10.

"I felt intense delight on receiving the invitation which I believe to be an honour I am getting in recognition of my service to the cause of Sanatan Dharma," Singhal said.

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