Monday, February 24
VHP activists, sadhus march to Parliament
NDTV.com, February 24, 2003
Thousands of Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists and sadhus on Monday marched to Parliament in New Delhi to press for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Addressing the agitators on the Parliament Street, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief Ramchandra Das Paramhans said, "We will wait till the court gives its verdict on Ayodhya. But one thing is certain, we will not allow reconstruction of the Babri Masjid dhancha [structure]."
Paramhans said he had hoped that the 'problems of Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura would be solved' after Atal Bihari Vajpayee became prime minister.
"The temple will be constructed within one-and-a-half years," he said adding that the VHP would conduct a campaign from March 5-25 in Ayodhya and other parts of the country.
Paramhans said Muslim invaders had destroyed 30,000 temples in the country.
He also said that the prime minister was pandering to the 'whims of the minorities in order to cling on to power'.
The VHP was not demanding anybody's land but the birthplace of Lord Ram, he added.
VHP chief Ashok Singhal alleged that the Vajpayee government was godless and called for rooting out secularism from the country. [...]