Thousands of Hindus demand building of temple on disputed Ayodhya site

Thousands of Hindus demand building of temple on disputed Ayodhya site

Supporters of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu nationalist organisation, shout slogans during a rally demanding the construction of a temple on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Ahmedabad, India, December 6, 2018.

"It will be a massive gathering which will change the hearts of all those who are not in favour of bringing the bill for construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya", VHP's spokesperson Vinod Bansal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

"I've come here to attend the religious congregation as a Hindu woman, not as a politician, as I believe that the issue of Ram temple is linked with the faith of India's 80 percent people", said Meenakashi Lekhi, a BJP lawmaker representing New Delhi in parliament. "The movement will continue till the promise is fulfilled", he said.

The Sangh Parivar on Sunday put the government on notice, reminded BJP of its pledge to clear the way for construction of Ram temple and instructed them to bring a law to fulfill it at the earliest.

"We have no conflict with any community, We are not begging but expressing sentiments".

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned. "He must fulfil his promise".

Shah skipped any mention of the Ayodhya land dispute pending before the Supreme Court and asserted that a Ram temple should be built "immediately".

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A huge right-wing rally to demand the fast-tracking of the Ram temple at Ayodhya is being held at Delhi's Ramlila grounds today.

In January, the judges are expected to name a date to begin the hearing. Besides Joshi, VHP president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje and its global working president Alok Kumar are also expected to address the crowd.

Hindu groups insist that there was a temple at the site before the mosque was built in 1528 by a Muslim ruler.

During a day-long public meeting of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), another affiliate of the RSS, which is spearheading the movement, members of the RSS and VHP chose to launch a nationwide door-to-door campaign later this month to put pressure on the Union government.

With the 2019 general elections scheduled to take place within the next six months, the RSS and the VHP have planned dharam sansad in every Lok Sabha constituency.

A close ally of Modi´s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

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