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VHP rejects PM’s plea
By Obaid Nasir, Lucknow
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee may have indirectly warned VHP against a unilateral commencement of the Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya but the VHP and other Allied organizations have rejected his plea with contempt and have resolved to go ahead with their programme saying that sadhus alone can give them orders.
PM Vajpayee in his article in two national English dailies warned that the law will take its course and the government will not be a silent spectator if status quo is disturbed in Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura. It was expected that the Sangh Parivar will have second thoughts about their resolve keeping in mind the compulsions of the BJP government at the centre and in UP. Instead, the belligerence of 1989-92 has returned and the hardliners of the Sangh Parivar have adopted the same attitude, language and tactics they employed to demolish the Babri Masjid. A huge model of the proposed Ram Mandir made of marble dust and pharmacole to be displayed in Kumbh Mela has reached Allahabad from Jaipur and will be opened for darshan of devotees on 9 January after pooja - archana.
The model has been prepared at an estimated cost of Rs 0.7 million. It is 21 feet long, 11 feet wide and 8.5 feet high. After Dharam Sansad (Religious Parliament ) in Kumbh it will be sent to Ayodhya and will be kept at Karsevak Puram.
Paramhans Ram Chandra Das, the chairman of Ram Janam Bhoomi Nyas Trust has rejected the PM's plea ‘Nothing can deviate me from my resolve on temple construction. I am firm on the slogan I gave at the beginning of the Mandir movement "Abhi to yeh jhanki hai,Kashi Mathura baqi hai." It may be noted that it was the same Paramhans who put the idol of Rama in the Babri Masjid in the chilling night of 29 December 1949.
The Babri players are warming up too. It will definitely add fuel to fire because the resolutions will be played up by the Hindi press, the masses will be the sufferers. We should mentally be prepared for another "holocaust":
Kanton ki zuban khushk hai ab peyas se ya rab
Ek aabla pa wadiye purkhar men aawe..