When asked if VHP will now raise the Kashi (Varanasi) and Mathura issues, Alok Kumar said, this Supreme Court verdict is not the end of the story, its the beginning of it
NEW DELHI — The working president of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Alok Kumar, while reacting to the Supreme Court verdict on Babri Masjid-Ramjanmbhoomi land title case, said this is a “significant and decisive step” towards construction of a “grand” Ram temple and urged the central government to take speedy steps on the directions issued by the top court.
“Today is a day of rejoicing, satisfaction and fulfillment. This verdict… is one of the greatest judicial verdicts in the world. The Hindu community the world over has been anxiously waiting for this verdict for the past 70 years. We express our gratitude to the SC for this,” Kumar said while addressing a press conference.
“By nature, Hindus remain within their limits. So we believe that nobody would take any extreme step in expression of joy. Everyone should try to keep the harmony within Bharatiya society. Today is also day of expressing gratitude and thanksgiving,” Kumar added.
The VHP which joined the Ram Janambhoomi movement in 1984 had also been raising issues related to the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi and Krishna Janmbhoomi in Mathura simultaneously.
The Supreme Court in its verdict on Saturday backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the town.
He, however, said the VHP is currently focussed on construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya and it has no time to raise any other demands.
“About Kashi and Mathura, I must make it clear that Supreme Court judgement is not the end of the story, it is the beginning,” Kumar said.
“We expect that the central government will now expeditiously take further steps, as directed in the judgment of the Supreme Court towards facilitating construction of a grand temple in Ayodhya.”
The senior VHP leader thanked Hindus, who struggled for Ram temple at Ayodhya, the Archaeological Society of India and the lawyers whose “untiring efforts enabled the SC to arrive at the verdict.”
“We also expect from the government that according to the verdict, they should expeditiously take further steps. This is an important step ahead for the establishment of Ram Mandir. It is certain that as this temple rises, it will… build an organised and harmonious Hindu society,” Kumar said.
(With inputs from PTI)