Mangalore: A day after the announcement of the assembly election, on Thursday the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal raised their pet issue of building temple in Ayodhya.
TAP Shenoy, divisional secretary of VHP, Karnataka urged the government to ensure smooth passage in Parliament over building a temple at Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Ram. He told reporters that this decision was taken by more than 10,000 sadhus and seers of mutts from different parts of the country at a meeting in Kumba Mela on February 6 and 7.
Explaining three other decisions taken during the meeting, he said necessary measures should be taken to prevent polluting of sacred river Ganges and cow slaughter should be banned. More protection for women should be given to prevent their harassment, he added. He denied that these decisions have nothing to do with the forthcoming elections in Karnataka.
To create awareness on the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the VHP is launching an awareness programme across the country, where people in every Hindu household will chant ‘Srirama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama.’ He urged Hindus to chant maha mantra from from April 11 to May 13. “We are planning to create this awareness programme at Hindu homes in six lakh villages across the country,” he added