MANGALURU: With Sangh Parivar pulling out all plugs to celebrate the foundation stone laying for Ram Temple in Ayodhya on August 5, its political affiliate – Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to join the ranks. BJP in association with Vishwa Hindu Parishad has decided to honour kar sevaks who were part of Ram Janma bhoomi movement in all eight assembly constituencies and nine ‘mandals’ as per party organisation structure, on that day.
Sudarshan Moodbidri, president of district unit of BJP told reporters that party cadre including current state BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel, who then was dharma jagran pramukh of VHP in DK, were very much active and in the forefront of the movement in the early 1990s – 1990 and 1992 to be precise. These were the years that saw the religious movement take on political hues with BJP patriarch L K Advani taking out the famed Rath yatra, he said.
Laying of the foundation stone is the culmination of years of struggle by the Hindu devotees for a temple to a Lord they hold in high esteem, Sudarshan said, adding the move to honour the kar sevaks is a small tribute that the party can pay to them at this point in time. The VHP has details of people who participated in kar seva and the BJP will join the parishad in honouring them at places where the latter had organised public gatherings.
Bhoomi pujan that PM Narendra Modi will perform between 11.30am and 12.30pm on the above date is also a testimony to the perseverance of the Sangh Parivar and the BJP in taking this case to its logical end, he said. This is an occasion for the people to celebrate the event, recite taraka mantra, light lamps in their homes and invoke the power of Lord Ram and pray for global prosperity and early and timely completion of the temple, he noted.


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