Leaders like Togadia should refrain from issuing such statements says Pramod Pandit Joshi.
The Ram Temple issue has gained momentum ahead of the 2017 UP assembly polls. Even though right wing activists are in favour of the construction of temple in Ayodhya but they won’t violate law for it. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia, who had earlier called for passing a law in Parliament to build the temple has now said that Hindus won’t wait for the Supreme court’s decision in this regard for long. Instead, a grand Ram Temple will be constructed at Ayodhya by passing a law in the house, he added. Togadia stressed that Ram Temple is a matter related to the religious belief of hundred crore Hindus.
When AV spoke to Hindu Janajagruti Samiti members a sister organisation of Sanatan Sanstha in Mumbai to know about their stand on the temple issue they said, “We will not participate in any political vendetta which is against the law of this land. We will wait for the court orders and we abide by laws.”
Hindu Mahasabha’s national spokesperson Pramod Pandit Joshi said, “Leaders are issuing these statements to provoke the people of this country. Akbaruddin Owaisi also is holding a meeting with Muslims in Ayodhya on the same issue. Leaders like Togadia are playing with the sentiments of the people, ultimately this may lead to riots. The Hindu Mahasabha will not support this stand and one has to respect the court orders. The Ram temple issue is pending before the Supreme Court.”
On the other hand, Mumbai BJP leaders refused to comment on controversial statements issued by Togadia pertaining to construction of Ram Temple violating the court orders. Even RSS cadres want this issue to be raised in the parliament for bringing out some amicable way to build the temple.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said he was confident of seeing the Ram Temple built in his lifetime, he urged society to prepare the ground for it. He said “The temple will be built within my lifetime… We need to plan it carefully… (we need) a good mix of ‘josh’ and ‘hosh’.”
Another BJP leader Subramanian Swami said, “In our country, over 40,000 temples have been demolished, we never said that all those should be reconstructed. However, there cannot be a compromise on three of them — Ram Janmabhoomi temple, Krishna temple in Mathura and Kashi Vishwanath. If Ram Temple is constructed there will be easy way for others, discussions can be done but not compromise.”
Shiv Sena leaders endorsed the agenda of building Ram Temple in Ayodhya but by following the court orders, they don’t back the stand taken by Togadia.