BJP committed to building Ram temple in Ayodhya: Rajnath

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the party was committed to the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. He also sought the blessings of saints to provide it the power and capability so that the task could be done.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) demanded that Parliament pass a law in the monsoon session enabling the construction of the Ram temple or else face massive agitation. Making a brief appearance at the meeting of the VHP's Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal, which took place here at the Sector-10, Kumbh Mela, camp of Sri Rasia Baba, Singh said, "The Ram temple must be constructed at Ayodhya. We have always been committed to it and continue to remain committed. I call upon you to provide us power and capability so that I could make my own little contribution."

Singh compared his role to that of a squirrel, which according to the Ramayana, had played a minuscule but determined role in construction of the Ram Setu (bridge) and earned praise from Lord Ram.

Later, talking to mediapersons, Singh said that now party leaders have stopped making statements about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi being projected as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections.

Singh also insisted that no political inference should be drawn from his visit here as he had come to the Kumbh only for a spiritual experience and to take the blessings of saints. Earlier, he also took a dip in Sangam along with state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai and other leaders.

Speaking at the meeting, VHP adviser Ashok Singhal said, "The court has given its verdict that there was no mosque at the disputed site. It is up to Parliament to pass a law to enable construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya."

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