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After 2-yr Hiatus, VHP Starts Collecting Stones in Ayodhya For Ram Temple

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the leading outfit behind the campaign for Ram Temple in Ayodhya, has started collecting stones for the construction after a hiatus of two years under Samajwadi Party rule.

Uday Singh Rana | News18.com@UdaySRana

Updated:June 21, 2017, 12:01 PM IST
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After 2-yr Hiatus, VHP Starts Collecting Stones in Ayodhya For Ram Temple
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New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the leading outfit behind the campaign for Ram Temple in Ayodhya, has started collecting stones for the construction after a hiatus of two years under Samajwadi Party rule.

With a “sympathetic” BJP government in power both in the state and the Centre, the VHP plans to generate fresh momentum for the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site where Babri Masjid was demolished in December 1992.

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Surendra Jain, international joint secretary of the VHP, told News18, “You see, the stones are brought into Uttar Pradesh from other states. They have to cross the state border at some point. The state government has immense control over what crosses the border and what doesn’t. The Akhilesh Yadav government did not want Ram Temple construction, for reasons best known to them. They used to stop the stones at the border.”

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But with Yogi Adityanath at the helm of affairs, the VHP says its work has become easy. Jain said, “The current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is a supporter of the Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya. There shouldn’t be any problem. That is why we decided to start bringing the Ram shilas (stones) again. As of now, the Shilas are only coming in from a few places in Rajasthan. They are being brought to our workshop in Ayodhya, where they are being painted on.”
| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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