Do not persecute Hindus on basis of Liberhan report: VHP

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 21:48

New Delhi: Unfazed by the Liberhan Commission
report indicting it in the Babri Masjid demolition, VHP on Tuesday
said that it will not stop the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and
that any move to "persecute" the Hindus on the basis of the
report will be considered war against the community.

"What Commission has done and said could be a matter of
history, a matter of debate. Because of this, neither Ram
Janmabhoomi movement will stop nor the process of the
construction of a magnificent temple," VHP leader Praveen
Togadia told reporters here.

"Any action against Hindu society regarding Ram temple
and Babri demolition will be considered action against Hindu
society. It will be not only be considered action against
Hindu society but it will be considered war against the Hindu
society," he said.

Maintaining that the government of the country will not
be able to stop the Hindus` tradition of giving up their life
in the name of lord Ram, the VHP leader said the Congress
government should not "dare to persecute Hindu community on
the basis of the report of a commission, otherwise a struggle
will follow which will be Hindu versus Congress."

Togadia said VHP is committed to a Ram temple at Ram
Janmabhoomi.

"For this, we are ready to make all sacrifices. We have
already made preparations under democratic structure (maryada)
and we will fulfil the expectations of the Hindu community,"
he added.

Togadia appealed to UPA president Sonia Gandhi to clear
"all hurdles" which are delaying the construction of Ram
temple at the disputed site "in the way (late) Rajiv Gandhi
(former Prime Minister) had done for the laying of the
foundation of the temple at Ram Janma Bhoomi."

Claiming that the struggle to construct Ram temple at Ram
Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya has been on for the last 450 years,
Togadia said Hindus of the country feel proud in demolition of
the structure "that had been put up by Babar to insult the
community".

"Several kings and Prime Ministers came and went in the
last 450 years. Struggle to construct Ram Janmabhoomi is still
continuing. If anyone believes that the process of history
will stop just because of a commission, they are in living in
illusion," he said.

Reacting to the recommendations of the Commission that
political leaders holding public office should not hold
offices in religious organisations, Togadia questioned, "Why
not the government first remove Governor of the Andhra Pradesh
who is president of Tirupati and the Vice President of India
who is a trustee of a mosque."

The VHP leader refused to comment when asked about names
of BJP leaders, including Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani,
figuring in the Liberhan Commission report.

"Let them level allegations. It does not matter. Ram
temple movement is important and it will go ahead," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 21:48

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