Ayodhya is not Hindu-Muslim dispute, says Sangh chief

mohan-bhagwatNEW DELHI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat reiterated on Monday the demand for construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, saying the dispute is not between Hindus and Muslims but has been turned into a political battle driven by vested interests.

Speaking at a function here, Bhagwat said construction of Ram temple has to happen for the Hindu community. “Ram temple has to be constructed at Ram Janmbhoomi,” said Bhagwat, who has been vocal on it even in the past.

Bhagwat has on several occasions said the Hindu community should prepare for a grand temple at Ayodhya, which he had once said, will become a reality in his lifetime.

He said vested interests don’t want an amicable solution since it will jeopardise their political future. At a function at Vadodara on Sunday, Bhagwat had sought support for spread of ‘ vasudhaiv kutumbakam ‘ (world is one family).

Bhagwat’s comments on Ram temple hold significance in view of rising demand by a section in BJP though the Centre has maintained that all steps needed to be taken in a lawful manner on the issue.

Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking day-to-day hearing and early disposal of the Ayodhya case.