BJP, RSS say verdict paves way for temple

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 1 2010, 07:19am hrs
The much-awaited Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suits was a significant step towards construction of a grand Ram Temple at the birthplace of Ram according to the BJP. The partys core group met for over an hour to formulate the partys response. Senior leader Arun Jaitley briefed the party leadership about the judgement.

After the meeting, LK Advani said in so far as the judgement upholds the right of the Hindus to construct a temple at the Garbh-Griha, it is a significant step forward towards the construction of a grand temple at the birth place of Lord Rama.

The meeting was attended by the entire top leadership of the BJP. Advani said the Archaeological Survey of India and other expert agencies engaged by it had opined that there were remains of a Hindu religious structure where the disputed structure stood.

In a way, the verdict of the Allahabad High Court came as a relief to the BJP as it suits both the hardliners and those who are in favour of the party adopting a more centrist line.

Advani said the judgement opens a new chapter for national integration and a new era for inter-community relations. This statement mirrored the line taken by the RSS that the verdict was an excellent opportunity to rise above all past experiences in the spirit of tolerant and inclusive national culture and strive to organise our diverse, multi-lingual and multi-religious society into a united, disciplined and conflict-free one.

The RSS on Thursday said the verdict of the Allahabad High Court facilitates the building of a magnificent temple for Ram in Ayodhya. It asked Muslims to forget the ill will of the past and become active collaborators in putting together the constitutional and practical means for building the temple.

The court has ratified the traditional belief of crores of Hindus, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat told reporters at the Sangh headquarters in Jhandewalan soon after the judgement was delivered.

He said the judgement should not be seen as the victory of one group and defeat of the other, and stressed that the Ram temple movement was neither reactionary nor directed against any particular community. The temple only signified the identity, honour, independence and valour of India, Bhagwat said.

Our joy and happiness should find expression in a controlled, peaceful manner within the limits of law and the Constitution (and) uncalled for provocations must be avoided, Bhagwat said. He asked everybody, including Muslims to forget all the ill-will and hard feelings born out of the conflicts of the past decades and welcome the verdict of the judiciary, thus becoming active collaborators in organising necessary constitutional and practical means for building the... temple.