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Mulayam Singh Yadav to mediate with Muslims on Ram temple, Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief claims

VHP and BJP leaders met with Mulayam on Saturday and claimed he has agreed to talk to Muslim leaders to find a way out for Ram temple.

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Updated: Aug 18, 2013, 06.51 AM IST
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Leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party met Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday and claimed he has agreed to talk to Muslim leaders to find a way for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party met Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday and claimed he has agreed to talk to Muslim leaders to find a way for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
(This story originally appeared in on Aug 18, 2013)
LUCKNOW: A delegation comprising seers and leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday and claimed he has agreed to talk to Muslim leaders, clerics and ulemas to find a way for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

VHP international general secretary Ashok Singhal, who led the delegation, told reporters at a press conference here that they met Mulayam and his son and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at his official residence at 5, Kalidas Marg. Efforts to get either Mulayam's or Akhilesh's for reaction to the VHP's claim drew a blank.

Former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand, who was part of the delegation, said the SP chief admitted that the temple dispute had dragged on in the court for longer than expected and that it could be resolved only through talks. The delegation sought Mulayam's support for introduction of a Bill for the construction of Ram temple in Parliament, Chinmayanand told reporters at the Vishwa Samwad Kendra in Jiamau area of Lucknow.

The delegation then requested Mulayam to act as a bridge between Muslims and Hindus as he had acceptability among Muslim leaders, clerics and ulemas more than any other politician in the country, Chinmayanand said. He then claimed that the offer was accepted by the SP chief. "Mulayam assured the delegation to raise the issue before Muslim leaders," Chinmayanand said.

The VHP-backed seers and saints have decided to launch an 84-kosi parikrama from August 25 to September 13 in a bid to spread awareness among the common man about what leaders of all parties had said before the judgment on the dispute was declared on September 30, 2010. They had committed to cooperate in the construction of temple at Ayodhya if the court decided that Babri Masjid had come up on a demolished structure and not on barren land. Since the court verdict was that Babri Masjid had come up on a demolished structure, it was time for politicians to fulfill their promises, said Chinmayanand.

"If the Central government fails to come up with a Bill by October 18, the sant samaj will launch a 'sankalp' movement at one lakh places across the country," said Chinmayanand, adding that around one lakh people would gather at Ayodhya on the day and pledge for temple construction.

Chinmayanand said BJP chief Rajnath Singh has been apprised about the Dharma Sansad resolution during Kumbh mela earlier this year. Rajnath had assured the saints that he would apprise the alliance partners of their sentiments. On expectations from Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Chinmayanand said: "Let him first hold the post."

Others who attended the meeting were Rameshwar Prasad Vaishnav of Haridwar, Akhileshwar Das of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nain, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Suresh Das, Kanhaiyyalal Das and Dharmendra Das, all from Ayodhya, Hariomji from Rajasthan and Karunanidhan. The meeting lasted two hours, said Chinmayanand.

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