Hope SC-mandated Trust Builds Temple as Per Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Design: VHP Chief
VHP was expecting a grand temple to be built according to a design prepared by Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, claiming that it had done a lot of work for the construction, including carving a large quantity of stones.
File photo of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje. (PTI photo)
Indore/Ahmedabad: Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, VHP international president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje on Saturday hoped that the trust, to be formed as per the legal order, would construct a grand temple as per the design prepared by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.
The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas was formed by the members of the VHP in December 18, 1985 with the aim of constructing a grand temple at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya.
"There is no question of loss or victory to any of the parties concerned after the Supreme Court's verdict in Ayodhya case because the apex court has resolved centuries' old issue by delivering a balanced judgment. This is a welcome decision because justice has been done," Kokje told PTI.
"In the light of Supreme Court decision, we understand that necessary decisions for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya are to be taken under the supervision of the trust to be formed by the government," he added.
He said the VHP was expecting a grand temple to be built according to the same design prepared by Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, claiming that the latter had done a lot of preparatory work for the construction, including carving a large quantity of stones. "The adoption of this design would be convenient to the (proposed) trust," Kokje, a former judge of the high courts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, said.
Talking to reporters later in Gujarat, Kokje expressed confidence that a grand temple would be built at the site by 2024. "Now as the court has given its verdict, a grand Ram temple will be built at the same spot in Ayodhya. Just like getting the land was a challenge, it will also be a challenge to build and run the temple. It will become an important pilgrimage place of India. I believe that the temple would be built before 2024," Kokje said.
He added that stone carving work till two floors has already been completed. "There is no reason to have apprehensions at this stage about the functioning of the trust. Why should we assume
today that the trust would go against us? I am sure the trust will work with Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas to construct the temple," he said.
"Moreover, there is no reason to believe that people who are against the temple will be inducted as trustees. There will be only Ram bhakts I think," he added. When asked about VHP's views on political leaders who would try to take credit for this verdict, Kokje said people understand everything. "There is a saying that success has many fathers while failure is orphan. So, it is obvious that some people will try to take credit. That will happen. But people understand everything. Our work is in front of them. People know what we have done for this," said Kokje.
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