VHP demands law for Ayodhya land transfer.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday passed a resolution demanding that the Centre pass a law to hand over the entire 70 acres of land at Ayodhya for the construction of a Ram temple.
The resolution — adopted at the end of a three-day conclave of the VHP’s board of trustees and governing council here — said: “The Centre should respect Hindu sentiments and help in the creation of a huge Ram temple.”
VHP international president Ashok Singhal later told PTI that the parishad was lobbying the MPs of all parties.
Several non-BJP MPs — including 37 from Tamil Nadu, 20 from Kerala, 22 from Andhra Pradesh, 21 from Karnataka, 20 from Maharashtra, 14 from Gujarat and 53 from Uttar Pradesh — are also ready to support a legislation to hand over the entire land at the disputed site for the temple, Mr. Singhal added. Some senior Congress MPs too have promised support, he said, without naming anyone.
The Supreme Court should decide the Ram mandir case at the earliest, Mr. Singhal said, adding that the resolution passed on Sunday should remind the Union government that the Somnath temple in Gujarat was similarly rebuilt when Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister.
VHP asks Centre to help construct Ram temple in Ayodhya
PTI / Saturday, January 8, 2011 22:20 IST VHP today demanded that the Centre pave the way for construction of a Ram Mandir at the disputed site in Ayodhya through an act of Parliament “just as it had helped restore the Somnath temple” many years ago.
Claiming that the Centre in a 1994 affidavit in Supreme Court had committed to act in accordance with Hindu sentiments if it was proved that a temple existed at the disputed site, a VHP resolution asked it to facilitate the construction of a temple there in the light of Allahabad high court’s verdict in the Ayodhya title suits.
“The Centre had onSeptember 14, 1994, said in an affidavit submitted by the Solicitor General of India in the Supreme Court that if it was proved that a temple existed at the disputed site, then the Government will act in accordance with the sentiments of Hindus,” the resolution adopted at a meeting of VHP’s international board of trustees in Goa, said.
“Therefore, the VHP international board of trustees urges the Centre to fulfil the promise and facilitate construction of a temple at Ayodhya just as it had helped the restoration of Somnath temple in the past.
We also demand that the Government hand over the 135X100 feet of disputed land as well as the 70 acres acquired around it to the Hindu Samaj.
The government should also pave way for construction of Ram temple by getting an act passed to this effect in the Parliament”, the resolution, a copy of which was made available here, said.
The resolution also demanded that Uttar Pradesh re-constitute the Ayodhya Development Authority as Ayodhya Tirth (pilgrimage) Authority in keeping with “the sentiments of the Hindus with regard to the holy city for millions of years”.
“We seek to remind the Government that Mahatma Gandhi had said that all Indians – Hindus, Muslims and Parsis alike -should be proud of belonging to the country which has produced Maryada Purushottam Ram.
The government must also recall that the decision to restore Somnath temple was taken by the Union council of ministers while Jawaharlal Nehru was the prime minister”, the resolution said
VHP seeks law for transfer of land for the temple at Ayodhya
Times of India
RAMNATHI: At the end of a three-day conclave here, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday passed a resolution demanding that the Centre should pass a law to hand over the entire 70 acres of land at Ayodhya for the construction of Ram temple.
The resolution adopted at the end of the meeting of VHP’s board of trustees and the governing council says that the Centre should respect Hindu sentiments and help in the creation of huge Ram temple.
VHP’s international president Ashok Singhal said afterwards that VHP is lobbying MPs of all the parties.
Several non-BJP MPs too, including 37 from Tamil Nadu, 20 from Kerala, 22 from Andhra Pradesh, 21 from Karnataka, 20 from Maharashtra, 14 from Gujarat and 53 from Uttar Pradesh are ready to support a legislation to hand over entire land at the disputed site for a temple, he said.
Some senior Congress MPs too have promised support, he said, without naming anyone.
The Supreme Court should decide the Ram Mandir case at the earliest, Singhal said.
The resolution passed on Sunday reminds the Union government that Somnath Temple in Gujarat was similarly rebuilt when Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister.