Kalyan favours enactment of law to pave the way for temple
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 00:54
  
Lucknow: With the court's verdict in Ram Janmbhhomi-Babri mosque title suits expected shortly, one of the protagonists of the Temple movement Kalyan Singh today demanded enactment of a law to pave the way for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

"Even if the verdict goes against the Hindus, there is no hurdle in Parliament for enacting a law to pave the way for the temple in keeping with the sentiments of crores of Hindus who have immense faith in Lord Ram," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister told newspersons here.

Citing the Shah Bano case, the former BJP stalwart said, "When the Supreme Court was overruled by the then central government to please Muslims keeping their sentiments in mind, why it cannot be done in this case."

Stressing that there was uneasiness among people over the expected verdict, the former Hindutva icon said in case it was against the Hindus, a massive democratic and peaceful movement would be launched by lakhs of saints in which he would also take part as a common "Ram Bhakt" (devotee).

Explaining that the views expressed by him should not be taken as a comment on the expected court verdict, Singh who had to resign from chief ministership in 1992 following the demolition of the disputed structure, said that he and crores of Hindus like him were not bound to accept it and there was also the option to approach the apex court against it.

However, the latter option can be avoided if a new law is enacted, he added.

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court is likely to deliver its verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-bari mosque title suits later this month. "All the political parties should keep away from the temple movement as they have already done enough harm to it and if they want a temple they should remain behind the saints, Kalyan Singh said when asked whether he would take the help of his former party BJP for enactment of such a law.

All the "Ram Bhakt" MPs along with him would support the legislation once it is brought in the Parliament, he said.

To a question, Singh, who has launched Jankranti Party after snapping ties with the BJP, said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is creating unnecessary fear over the High Court verdict by demanding central forces and vitiating the atmosphere.

Singh replied in the negative when asked whether he had been approached either by the VHP or any other Hindu outfit in view of the likely verdict and said that he might go to Ayodhya to have darshans of Ram Lala.

Singh also distributed copies of the report prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India which had carried out excavations at the disputed site in Ayodhya in 2003 on the instructions of the high court to buttress the Hindus' claim over it.

Both the historical and circumstantial evidences in this connection prove that it was a Hindu temple and a grand Ram temple should come up from the "garbh griha" where the idol of Ram Lala has been placed and its puja is going on, Singh added.

-PTI


First Published: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 00:54


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