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VHP suspends campaign for building Ram temple in Ayodhya till end of general elections

The organisation does not want it to become an election issue, it said

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 6.02.19, 4:14 PM
  • Updated 6.02.19, 4:14 PM
  • a min read
In 1992, kar sevaks demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in a bid to fulfill their wish of making a temple to Lord Ram there. Telegraph file photo

The VHP, in what seems like a step-back, has said its campaign for building the Ram temple in Ayodhya has been suspended till the general elections are over, as the Hindutva organisation does not want it to become an election issue.

The outfit, which spearheaded the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, has run a campaign for several months demanding a law in Parliament for building the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhaya.

"The VHP has decided to suspend its campaign for constructing the Ram Temple at Lord Ram's birthplace in Ayodhaya till the General Election process gets over, as the organisation does not want it to become an election issue," VHP's international joint general secretary Surendra Jain said.

Jain said the organisation was committed to its cause for building the temple in Ayodhaya and will decide the future course of action once the new government is formed.

The announcement comes days after a religious congregation called by the VHP at Allahabad, on the sidelines of the Kumbh, adopted a resolution saying that Hindus will not rest and also not leave others in peace until a grand temple is built at the birthplace of Lord Ram. 

Recently, the Centre had sought the Supreme Court's permission to return 67 acres adjacent to the disputed land to its owners.

The general elections are expected to be held in April-May.