Only Ram Mandir will be constructed at Ayodhya site: RSS chief

Mohan Bhagwat was addressing the 'Dharma Sansad', that included a congregation of 2,000 Hindu saints and VHP leaders from across the country in Karnataka's Udupi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Udupi, Karnataka, India Nov 24, 2017, 12.34 PM (IST)

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday said that only the Ram Temple would be constructed on the disputed site at Ayodhya and not any other structure.

The RSS chief said that the temple would be constructed in the same grandeur as it existed before, using the "same stones" under the guidance of those who were the flag-bearers of the Ram janmabhoomi movement for the last 25 years.

"We will construct it. It is not a populist declaration but a matter of our faith. It will not change," Mohan Bhagwat told the "Dharma Sansad", a congregation of 2,000 Hindu saints, math (pilgrimage site) heads and VHP leaders from across the country at the temple town of Udupi.

The RSS chief said there should be no ambiguity that the Ram Temple will be built at Ayodhya and that after years of efforts and sacrifice, it (building the Ram temple) seemed possible now, while also noting that the matter was in the court.

"Ram Mandir only will be constructed and nothing else. It will be constructed there (what is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram) only", Mohan Bhagwat said.

"We are close to achieving our goal but at this juncture, we should be extra cautious," he added.

President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi condemned the remarks of the RSS chief calling them "obnoxious". He said the RSS was "playing with fire" and hoped that the Supreme Court would take note of the intentions of the RSS.

"Obnoxious statement made by RSS Chief, it clearly gives a message that the RSS is assuming to be the Supreme Court (SC). This is a delicate matter and RSS is playing with fire on this issue. I hope SC takes note of this devious design, being laid out by Sangh Parivar,  Asaduddin Owaisi told ANI.

The dispute is pending before the Supreme Court, which on December 5 will start hearings on the disputed site claimed by both the Hindus and the Muslims.

The Supreme Court will hear the case a day before the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992 by thousands of right-wing activists who claimed the mosque was built on a temple which marked the birthplace of Lord Ram in the 16th century. Two thousand people were killed in the riots which followed the demolition of the mosque.

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court ruled that the 2.77 acres of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with one-third going to the Ram Lalla (Infant Rama) represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha for the construction of the Ram temple, one-third to the Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining one-third to the Hindu Nirmohi Akhara.

All the three parties appealed against the division of the disputed land.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday made a strong pitch for building the Ram Temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya