New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia on Tuesday demanded a law to build the Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
“The Centre must bring in a law to build the Ram Temple at Ayodhya,” Togadia said in a statement here.
“The Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and the VHP have a constant stand that the disputed land belongs to Lord Ram and there should be a grand temple there,” he added.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the settlement of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute through amicable negotiations is a better course than insisting on a judicial pronouncement.
Speaking on the earlier efforts to resolve the dispute through dialogue, Togadia said: “In 1991, then Prime Minister Chandrashekhar tried to get the VHP and the Babri Masjid Action Committee sit across the table to amicably resolve the matter. When the VHP submitted all proofs on the presence of a temple there (disputed site), the Babri panel members left the meeting.”
Togadia said the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had accepted that there are enough proofs of the existence of a temple at the disputed site.
Speaking on the Muslims’ stand on the archaeological evidence, the VHP leader said they had maintained that ‘if the temple existed, we will withdraw our claim”.
In 2010, the Allahabad High Court ordered a partition of the disputed land between the parties concerned.
“An amicable solution is impossible. This has to be dealt with in the court itself. After all, it is pending for long in the court,” said Zafaryab Jilani, convenor of the Babri Masjid Action Committee.