No new mosque in Ayodhya: VHP

VHP on Saturday demanded that a grand Ram temple be built in the 67 acre plot surrounding the disputed site in Ayodhya and said "no new mosque" can be built there as it has been established as the birth place of Lord Ram.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 20:51 PM IST

New Delhi: VHP on Saturday demanded that a grand
Ram temple be built in the 67 acre plot surrounding the
disputed site in Ayodhya and said "no new mosque" can be built
there as it has been established as the birth place of Lord
Ram.

"The sant uchadikari samiti (empowered body of Hindu
leaders) has passed a resolution that no new mosque can be
built in Ayodhya. Neither this side of the Saryu nor that
side", VHP international general secretary Pravin Togadia told
reporters here.

His comments come even as there have been efforts by some
leaders belonging to Hindu and Muslim organisations like RSS
and AIMPLB to "work out a negotiated solution" to the Ayodhya
dispute.

The VHP leader said another resolution passed by the
`sants` was that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should fulfil
the commitment made before the Supreme court by the former
Congress government that if evidence of a temple was found at
the site, then the land will be given to Hindus.

"It is the legal and moral duty of the present Prime
Minister to fulfil the commitment made by the former
government to the Supreme court. The government had said in an
affidavit before the apex court that if evidence of a temple
was found at the site, then the land will be given to Hindus
or else it will be given to Muslims", Togadia said.

He said this affidavit was submitted by the then
solicitor after former President Shankar Dayal Sharma sent a
reference to the SC under Article 143 asking "if there was a
temple or not... give opinion".

"To this, the SC had asked the government if we give an
opinion what will u do with it?... and the affidavit was filed
in this regard", the VHP leader said.

He said even the three judge bench of the Allahabad High
court had accepted in their verdict that as per Hindu belief
the site was regarded as the birth place of lord Ram and "to
take this ahead, a religious ceremony will commence in Ayodhya
soon".

PTI