VHP to rake up Ayodhya again
New Delhi: After formation of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government (UPA) at the Centre, the Sangh Parivar is rethinking its stand on Ayodhya. The VHP has decided to work out a fresh strategy for its Ram temple agitation.
The outfit has convened a working committee meeting of about 150 office-bearers, this month, from all over India to "intensify" and "sharpen" its movement to push for a law for the construction of the temple. The date and venue of the meeting have not yet been disclosed. The change in the political situation will be the main issue at the meet besides recharting temple movement strategy. Other Sangh outfits are likely to decide on a signature campaign for temple construction, besides pursuing ten other points of the Hindutva agenda.
Earlier, talks were being focused on the use of the acquired land at Ayodhya. According to a formula, the mosque was planned to be shifted to the banks of Saryu river and Ram temple built on the the allegedly “undisputed” portion of the centrally-acquired land while the fact is that the whole acuired land is disputed and includes Muslim waqf land including a graveyard.
Quiet behind-the-scene negotiations have suffered a set back with the advent of the UPA government which is not enthusiastic about an out-of-court settlement. The UPA's common minimum programme reads: "On Ayodhya, it will await the verdict of the courts, while encouraging negotiations between the parties to the dispute for an amicable settlement which must, in turn, receive legal sanction."
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