The Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas which had led the Babri Masjid demolition movement in the 1990s along with other Hindu groups marked the 25th anniversary of the mosque’s demolition day as Shaurya Diwas at the Sankalp Sabha in Ayodhya. Making it clear that the temple should be built at the disputed site, the groups sent a stern message to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led governments in the Centre and Uttar Pradesh. “They will not be forgiven” if they don’t “clear the way for temple construction,” said Nyas chief Nritya Gopal Das while addressing a rally in Karsevakpuram.
“Now, the line is clear. We have our governments at the Centre and in the state. We have sent them to power. Through this sabha, we are alerting the governments that the Prime Minister and Chief Minister should consider Hindu sentiments and clear the way for temple construction,” the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. He further added that if the Ram temple is not built now, it won’t be a good thing to happen to the BJP and the state of Uttar Pradesh. “Yadi kisi prakar se dheelai hui, yadi mandir ke nirman me kisi prakar ka vilamb hua to bhavishya kshama nahi karega aur BJP ka bhi ahit hoga, pradesh ka bhi ahit hoga (If there is any intentional delay in the construction of the temple, it will be unforgivable and will not be in the interest of BJP and UP), Said Nritya Gopal Das.
In the event which saw prominent Hindu leaders, the BJP government was issued regular notices of addressing the controversial situation which has been a centre of debate for years. Digambar Akhara’s Mahant Suresh Das said that no compromise will be entertained in the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute. He also assured that after Ayodhya, temples will be constructed in Varanasi and Mathura.
Questioning BJP’s intentions over the issue, Kamalmani Mahraj said, “If demonetisation could be implemented in a few hours, then why can’t they make a law for building the temple.” Earlier on Wednesday, posters wanting people to protest for the reconstruction of the Babri Masjid surfaced across Uttar Pradesh. The posters were found in a majority of Muslim dominated areas of Meerut and Ghaziabad. An FIR in the case was registered against People’s Front of India (PFI) under whose name, the posters were signed. Meanwhile, security across the country was on alert as chances of communal riots were high. However, no such incidents were reported from anywhere.