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Press Trust of India New Delhi/Kolkata
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Monday said Hindus cannot wait eternally for a court judgement on the Ayodhya land dispute case and asked the Narendra Modi government to bring a law for building a Ram temple.
The VHP said it will reach out to MPs of all parties, irrespective of political differences, and urge them to enact a law in Parliament to construct the temple.
A three-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Monday said an "appropriate bench" will decide in January the future course of hearing on the appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case.
VHP working president Alok Kumar, speaking soon after the apex court moved the hearing, urged the government to bring a legislation in the Winter Session of Parliament.
"The apex court has once again adjourned the hearing. This fortifies VHP's stand that the solution to the Ram Janambhoomi issue is not in eternally waiting for hearing of appeals pending for over seven years. We reiterate our request to the Union government to enact a law to clear the way for building a grand temple of Lord Ram at his birthplace in Ayodhya," Kumar told PTI in Delhi.
The head of the RSS affiliate said the Hindutva organisation will intensify its campaign for such a legislation if the government does not act.
The organisation has called a two-day 'Dharam Sansad', a meeting of seers, on January 31 and February 1 next year to discuss the Ram temple issue. This will be held on the sidelines of the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain told PTI over phone in Kolkata that the programme to reach out to MPs of various parties will begin from November after Diwali.
"We will reach out to all MPs of all political parties and urge them to support us on the issue of Ram Mandir. We will request them to support us and work towards enacting a law in Parliament irrespective of political differences," he said.
"Those who will support our cause, we will ask them to request their party leadership to support us. And the people would get to know those who won't support our cause," Jain said.
VHP West Bengal unit president Sachindranath Singha said the organisation would launch a mass awareness campaign on the issue and reach out to the people in the state.
"We will meet MPs of TMC, BJP, Congress and Left in Bengal and request them to support our cause. We hope they will support us. We will also organise dharma sabhas in each district of the state to create a mass opinion on this issue," Singha added.

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First Published: Oct 29 2018 | 7:40 PM IST

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