VHP today exuded confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will keep his “promise” of constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the time has come for bringing a law in Parliament in this regard.
“We are worried about the Ram temple construction. When VHP launched its agitation for construction of Ram Temple, we made it clear that the way for it is through a law to be enacted in Parliament. BJP has passed a resolution in its 1987 national executive meeting at Palampur where it said that Ram temple should be built through a law.
“Time has come for bringing a law in Parliament and pave the way for Ram Temple construction....the 1987 BJP resolution also stands. Narendra Bhai is true to his promise and we are confident that he will fulfil his promise by bringing a law in Parliament for constructing Ram Temple,” VHP international working president Pravin Togadia said.
To a question on how the law can be passed when BJP does not have a majority in both Houses of Parliament, he said, a joint session of both Houses could be called to pass the law.
“When there is not a majority in one House, then a joint session can be convened. There is a tradition. NDA government earlier had convened a joint session. When the need for Ram temple has come, a joint session can be called and a law can be passed on Ram temple issue,” he said.
The Hindutva leader said VHP will discuss the issue in its next national executive meeting soon and come out with a solution and its further action in this regard.
Togadia also termed the lathicharge on NIT students as a “blot” on the country even as he demanded stern action against those behind the lathicharge on nationalist NIT students.
He demanded immediate suspension of all cops involved and permanent rustication of all students raising anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans in the campus.
The VHP leader said there cannot be two yardsticks over nationalism as while Geelani is welcomed with unfurling of pro-Pakistan and ISIL flags on his return to Srinagar and not arrested but those raising pro-India slogans are lathicharged.
“There cannot be two yardsticks over nationalism. There should be only one yardstick. All cops involved in lathicharge on nationalist students at NIT should be suspended immediately and the students raising anti-India and pro-Pak slogans should be permanently rusticated from the university,” he said.
Togadia added, “action should also be taken against those unfurling Pakistan flags in Kashmir and raising pro-Pak
slogans. Government will have to take stern steps. VHP has taken a strong note of it.”