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VHP holds talks with saints of Ayodhya

The development comes as the Supreme Court asked the Centre to set up a trust within three months for the construction of the temple. Members of VHP’s Ayodhya unit told ET that the Centre could ask Mahant Nritya Gopal Das to be part of the trust.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 12, 2019, 07.20 AM IST
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AYODHYA: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) intensified discussions with saints of Ayodhya on Monday, a day after urging the Centre to swiftly implement the Supreme Court verdict which paved the way for building a Ram temple on the disputed site in the holy city.

Two members of VHP’s central board of trustees — Dinesh and Purushottam Narayan Singh — have visited Ayodhya since the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on Saturday and have met prominent saints, including chairman of Ram Janmabhooni Nyas Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.

The development comes as the Supreme Court asked the Centre to set up a trust within three months for the construction of the temple. Members of VHP’s Ayodhya unit told ET that the Centre could ask Mahant Nritya Gopal Das to be part of the trust.

Das told ET that he had met VHP leader Dinesh but said: “There was no talk about the proposed temple. He met me to express his happiness over the SC verdict. I can only say that a grand temple will now be built in Ayodhya.”

On Sunday, VHP had demanded that the temple be built as per the design prepared by architect Chandrakant Sompura after the then VHP chief Ashok Singhal tasked him with the job in 1989.

VHP is running two centres in Ayodhya — Karsevak Puram, where a model of the proposed temple is kept, and Karyashala or workshop, where stone carving works remained in progress till recently.

“Ayodhya ke sant margdarshak hain (The saints of Ayodhya are our guides),” VHP spokesman Sharad Sharma told ET in response to a question regarding the visit of VHP leaders Dinesh and Purushotam Narayan Singh to Ayodhya.

Former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti, who is also a member of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, said he had not been consulted by anyone so far in this regard. “I hope the government would not ignore those who played a role in the temple movement,” he said.

Octogenarian Siya Kishori Sharan Dasji Maharaj of Sadguru Sadan, who spent a lot of time with RSS in his young age, said: “One VHP leader congratulated me after the court verdict on phone. There has been no talk with anyone regarding the temple.” Mahant Dinendra Das of Nirmohi Akhara, a litigant in the title suit whose claim was dismissed by the apex court, said the government had not consulted him so far regarding its representation in the trust.

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