Saturday, June 5, 2010

VHP meet in Ayodhya after 18 yrs rings alarm bells - Lucknow - City - The Times of India

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    • Manjari Mishra , TNN,
    • Meetings, marches or `morchas', Ayodhya has seen them all. However, this one event is making the temple town a little wary. Even as VHP veterans play down the coming five-day conclave of the Prabandhan Samiti starting July 12 in Karsevakpuram, as a mere follow-up event to the Kumbh resolution approved by assembled `dharmacharyas' (seers), others citing history, sound unconvinced.

      Last such meet of the VHP in Ayodhya took place 18 years ago -- in September 1992 -- just three months ahead of Babri demolition. Now, with the Allahabad high court judgment on the demolition case likely to be pronounced within three months, their concern may not entirely be exaggerated.
    • Two hundred fifty delegates from national, regional, and local levels are expected to participate in the conclave, says Sharad Sharma the spokesperson and in-charge of VHP in Ayodhya. "The meet after such a long gap will chart out future strategy on Ram Mandir movement, primarily the delegates will mull over how to make the Hanumat Shakti Jagran a nation-wide movement to invoke the power of lord Hanuman a success," he told TOI.

      The mass awakening by recitation of Hanuman Chalisa for 11 consecutive times, coupled with yajna and `havan' could only be a precursor to actual construction, says Sharma. "We have a mammoth task ahead and it needs proper planning and mobilisation," he added. The meeting will also discuss problem of forced conversion and measures to protect Ganga and Gau, he added. Sources however hint that the listed agenda leaves much unsaid. The Babri case in the high court is nearing completion and the judgment is likely to be pronounced latest by October. The saffron camp is gearing up for the finals -- either way, and the supreme body will have the blue print ready.

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