Committed to build Ram temple: BJP

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Seeking the blessing of saints for the task, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that his party was committed to the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya even as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad demanded that Parliament enact a law in the Monsoon session enabling the construction of the 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 squirrel, which according to the Ramayana, had played a minuscule but determined role in construction of the Ram Setu and earned praise from Lord Ram.

Later, talking to mediapersons, Singh said that the party leaders have stopped making statements about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi being projected as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections. He 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 the saints. Earlier, he took a dip in the Sangam along with state BJP president Laxmi Kant Bajpai and other leaders.

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

BJP national executive, national council meets to chart Assembly polls' strategy

New Delhi: BJP leaders will gather here for the party's national executive and national council meeting during March 1-3 to ratify election of Rajnath Singh as party president and chart future course in view of a series of Assembly elections later this year and general elections slated for next year. According to a press communique issued by the party, the national executive will meet on March 1 to firm up economic and political resolutions for the consideration of national council on March 2-3.

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