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BJP leaders make fresh pitch for Ram temple; Babri demolition anniversary peaceful in UP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Several BJP leaders made a fresh pitch for construction of a Ram temple, while Left parties and the TMC called for upholding the country's secular fabric on the 26th on Thursday, even as the day passed off peacefully in

The Congress, which is making a determined bid to highlight its pro-Hindu credentials, maintained a studied silence on the matter.

Uma Bharti, a leading figure of the Ram Mandir movement, "appealed" to to support the construction of the temple to "honour" his holy thread and Dattatreya Brahmin lineage.

She was referring to the claims of leaders that Gandhi was a "janeu-dhari" (sacred thread-wearing) Hindu. Recently, at a religious ceremony, the was referred to as a Dattatreya Brahmin.

Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee, a bitter of the BJP, tweeted: "Just like a human body is incomplete without all organs, is incomplete without all communities, religions, castes, creed and gender. Let us pledge to uphold the secular fabric of (sic)."

Left parties took out a march in the national capital with CPI(M) accusing the ruling BJP and the RSS of working to "destroy" the country's secular fabric.

CPI national D Raja alleged that the RSS, VHP and other affiliates of the Sangh Parivar were bent on "changing the secular character" of the country.

In Haryana, claimed Mughal "demolished" the and built a mosque in on the basis of the power he wielded and now "Ram bhakts will have to remove the blot".

passed off peacefully in with Hindu and Muslim organisations observing the day as "shaurya diwas" and "black day" respectively.

While the VHP and Bajrang Dal burst crackers and resolved to build a grand in Ayodhya, Muslim outfits held protests to express grief over the incident.

In Ayodhya, seers offered prayers and sought divine intervention for early construction of the Mahant of Digambar Akhara said Ram temple is the biggest issue confronting the country.

Muslim organisations observed the day as 'Yaum-e-Gham' (day of sorrow) and staged a protest in Lucknow, Convenor of Action Committee Zafaryab Jilani said.

The main litigant in the case, Iqbal Ansari, said: We are observing Now, it (the wait) must end and a must be found with the efforts of the "

Another litigant, Haji Mahboob, said, We are ready for talks over the dispute, but before that, the anarchy of saffron forces must be controlled.

A member of the Muslim Personal Law Board, Khalid Rashid Firangimahli, handed over a memoradum to the of addressed to and Minister on behalf of the board demanding justice in the case.

In Gorakhpur, the 'prant sanyojak' of the Bajrang Dal, Purnendu, said: "We can't have any more patience and the government should pass a law in Parliament for the construction of Ram temple."

The Gorakhpur unit of the AIMIM observed the day as 'black day' with a banner carrying the picture of party from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi, Bheem and Bhagat Singh, and staged a sit-in at the district magistrate's office and gave a memorandum addressed to Kovind.

The state Home department said the day passed off peacefully with no incident being reported from anywhere.

Elaborate security arrangements had been made for the day in view of plans of both Hindu and Muslim organisations to organise

Deputy Minister said the BJP accorded the highest priority to an agreement between the warring parties for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

"The BJP is in favour of Ram temple's construction either by a judgement of the or through mutual agreement (among parties). And if both the options are exhausted, then the legislative route must be explored. The BJP accords highest priority to an agreement for paving the way for construction of the temple," Maurya said.

UP MLA Sangeet Som, known for making controversial statements, said the temple will be constructed before the 2019 polls and called for unity among Hindus.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 22:40 IST