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VHP for consensus on legislation for Ram temple

Press Trust of India  |  Tirunelveli (TN) 

The Friday urged the Centre to build consensus on bringing a legislation to construct the in Ayodhya, even though it expressed hope that a case on the matter pending in the would come to a finality in six months.

"BJP on its own will not be able to bring a legislation as it lacks a majority in Rajya Sabha. But anyhow we have fixed a deadline as January 31 or February 1, 2019 on the auspicious day of Kumbh Mela in to bring the legislation in Parliament," said.

Kokje, who was in Tirunelveli for Tamirabharani festival, was replying to a question from reporters on BJP's assurance to build the temple.

The Centre should bring the legislation with consensus of all MPs to pave the way for building the Ram temple, he said.

The Vishva Hindu said the organisation last week set a "deadline" for the government to bring an ordinance by the year-end.

Tracing VHP's movement for the Ram temple, he said the organisation took the decision for its construction in 1984 and after a long legal battle, the High Court gave its verdict largely favouring the Hindus. This has been challenged in the apex court.

"We hope that the matter will be decided within six months in the Supreme Court," he added.

On the top court lifting the ban on entry of women into Sabarimala temple, he said the matter involved a conflict of interests between the rights of women and age-old faith of religious traditions and favoured a review.

He also said the wanted a review of the court's verdicts decriminalising adultery and homosexuality. The judgements were "retrograde" in nature and destroyed age-old values and institutions such as marriage, Kokje claimed.

A large number people took a holy dip in as part of the (worshipping of rivers).

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 18:15 IST