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Saffron moves to polarise voters
By Obaid Nasir, Lucknow

As an after thought the UP govt has ordered to register a case against Ashok Singhal, SC Dixit, Acharya Giriraj Kishore and 40 others under section 186 IPC. These VHP leaders had barged into the prohibited area of disputed Ram Temple. At first the state administration had denied that such incident took place but after the displeasure shown by PM and Home Minister the UP government registered a case against them in Ram janam bhoomi police station at Ayodhya. But instead of making it a contempt of court case or any serious offence, the case has been registered as ‘stopping a government employee from performing his duty’ whcih means the government can withdraw the case once the dust is settled . On the other hand VHP leaders have once again declared that they will break all those laws which will come in the way of their religious freedom "

It was a rehearsal and a well thought-out plan; first it was Agra where the activists of Bharatiya Yuva Janata Morcha desecrated the Taj Mahal and hoisted the saffron flag and then in Ayodhya senior leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad headed by its working President Ashok Singhal, former director general of police SC Dixit,VHP leader Pravin Bhai Togadia and many other activists stormed the Garbh Grah of Ram Mandir and remained there for about forty minutes during which the police force posted there to maintain law and order and the security of the site after initial scuffle remained a mute spectator. All this happened in the presence of chief minister Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders of the BJP who were in Faizabad in connection with a public rally. Since it was the first day of Navratri (first day of Dussehra or Vijai Dashmi that marks the victory of Lord Rama over demon king Ravana) an auspicious occasion the day on which Hindus start nine days of fasting. So this incident may not be brushed aside as an ordinary incident and was definitely a well thought-out plan that gave a message to the Hindus all over the country to get ready for the final assault any time after 12 March 2002, the date after which the VHP has announced to start the Ram temple construction at Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

According to the information MG collected from its sources in Ayodhya and Faizabad the central police force posted there tried to stop them from moving towards the sanctum sanctorum crossing the limit set by court for Darshan (glimpse) of Ram Lalla, they even had a scuffle with the CRPF picket, but Singhal prevailed. They went to the Garbh Grah and took a vow to construct the Ram Temple come what may.

It is for the first time after the fateful day of 6th December 1992 that outsiders entered the area by by-passing the court order. As per the stay order granted by the High Court only Pujaris could enter the said area for Bhog of Ram Lalla and no other person is allowed .The whole area is under the custodianship of the central government and the commissioner of Faizabad acts as a receiver.

Ashok Singhal and other activists who occupied the sanctum sanctorum remained there for about forty minutes during which they were continuously reciting Raam Jaap, raising slogans and participated in Bhog and Aarti programme of Ram lalla.

Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta accompanied by Distt Magistrate BP Misra, Dy. Inspector General Faizabad range RP Singh and SSP Prabhat Kumar reached Ram mandir as soon as he got the information of this development, but VHP activists who had also gathered there stopped their cars and compelled these officers to move on foot to the sanctum sanctorum. In the meantime, Ashok Singhal and his party left the spot. However the divisional commissioner and Ashok Singhal entered into a verbal duel. He even warned them that they will be arrested if they persisted with their mischief for which Ashok Singhal immediately offered his arrest which was however denied.

Later, talking to media persons Ashok Singhal termed this government as andhi aur bahri (blind and deaf) which understands the language of agitation only. He said that the incident of today was just a warning so that the government realizes that Hindus can’t take the humiliation lying down. "I really wanted to be arrested so that in the court I could ask about my crime but the police did not give me the opportunity," he said.

Shirish Chandra Dixit the former chief of state police said "I have always found the security at the temple rather humiliating; Lord Rama has been kept as a prisoner of war."

The state administration behaved in a very ridiculous manner on this very sensitive issue. First it denied the incident, later underplayed and finally declared that the incident did not take place so there is no need of initiating any action against the guilty . Just imagine the helplessness of the bureaucracy in UP, Principal Home Secretary is denying about the occurrence of the incident, whereas the perpetrators of the crime are crying from the roof top that "yes we have committed the crime, initiate the action against us if you have the courage " and the helpless administration is parroting the government line "when there is no crime committed where is the question of initiating any action against any body."

The opposition has demanded immediate arrest of all the culprits who violated the supreme court order and barged into the Ram temple.

Secretary General of Samajvadi Party, the main opposition, Shivpal Singh Yadav has demanded immediate arrest of all the culprits and requested the Supreme Court to initiate action against them as they have violated the courts order and thus committed the contempt of court. Mayavati the former chief minister has sought action against the guilty and a foolproof security arrangement at the disputed site so that the incident is not repeated in future . She said that the action of BJP youth wing activists in Agra and the one that took place in Ayodhya should not be seen in isolation. Both are closely connected and point out the great conspiracy the sangh parivar is hatching against our secular system.

The general opinion however is that it was a calculated move on the part of the saffron brigade meant to polarize the voters on communal line which is the only way out for the BJP to win the forthcoming assembly election. Zafaryab Jilani the convener of Babri Masjid Action Committee has made a written complaint with the Distt administration and requested to ensure that the incident is not repeated and the status quo is maintained as per the letter and spirit of the court order.
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