Big Setback for BJP:VHP Stops Ram Temple Campaign Till LS Elections

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New Delhi:After raising the pitch, right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad today said it had decided to put on the hold its agitation for Ram Mandir for the next four months to “avoid any politics on the issue”.“We are putting on hold our protests for four months because we don’t want to make it a ‘chunavi mudda’ (election issue).When we do not have the land (the disputed site), what is the use of carrying on with the agitations. The issue will always be alive for us, we are just putting it on hold. As soon as the elections are over, we will be back with our demand,” said senior VHP leader Surendra Jain.

The VHP’s surprise announcement comes barely a week after the BJP-led NDA government moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to return the 67 acres of land in Ayodhya adjacent to the disputed site to its original owners including the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.This was decided at the recent Dharma Sansad in Prayagraj, the VHP said.
Speaking to The Indian Express, VHP international working president Alok Kumar said: “We will not do any agitational programme in next four months. It has been decided because everybody has a feeling that such agitations at the time of elections, including the demand of building a Ram temple, become a petty electoral issue and get involved into politics. It was felt that this issue should be saved from politics for the next four months.
“We are putting on hold our protests for four months because we don’t want to make it a chunavi mudda [election topic],” said senior VHP leader Surendra Jain, according to The Tribune. “When we do not have the land, what is the use of carrying on with the agitations. The issue will always be alive for us, we are just putting it on hold. As soon as the elections are over, we will be back with our demand.”

“The VHP has decided to suspend its campaign for constructing the Ram temple at Lord Ram’s birthplace in Ayodhya till the general election process gets over, as the organisation does not want it to become an election issue,” said VHP’s international joint general secretary Surendra Jain.Mr Jain said the organisation is committed to its cause for building the Ram temple in Ayodhya and will decide the course of action once the new government is formed.The announcement comes just days after a meeting called by the VHP in Prayagraj on the sidelines of the Kumbh Mela, adopted a resolution saying they will not rest until a grand temple is built at the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. The general elections are due by May.

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