Togadia also addressed local issues like Telangana's plan to increase reservation to Muslims in the state.

Pravin Togadia raises Ayodhya Ram temple demand to Hyderabad stirs up passions
news Politics Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 08:06

Pravin Togadia, the international working president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), reiterated his demand on Wednesday, for a 'grand Ram temple' at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and not a 'Babar Memorial'.

"We need Ram Mandir and Ram Rajya as well as prosperity of Hindus. But we will not allow any memorial for Babar. Those who are seeking this are anti nationals...There are lakhs of temples in the country, including many in Ayodhya. But the Ram temple in Ayodhya is linked to sentiments of 80 crore Hindus in the country . No force in the universe can stop construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya," he was quoted as saying.

Togadia was addressing a large gathering in Hyderabad on the eve of Ram Navami on Wednesday.

He also called Babar an 'intruder from Mongolia, who looted our country'.

Togadia also reportedly addressed local issues like Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's plan to increase reservation to Muslims in the state to 12%. 

"It will all end now," he declared, amid cheering from the crowd.

According to reports, he also referred to the recent incident of chilli farmers burning their crop in the state, due to low Minimum Support Price, and questioned the government's decisions.

Just ten days ago, the VHP had called for the enactment of a law to facilitate the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

Togadia said he was sure Prime Minister Narendra Modi and new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi would bring in the required legislation to build the temple.

"The BJP had passed a resolution on the temple construction in its 1987 meeting in Palampur in Himachal. I believe that PM Modi will fulfil the wishes of those who made efforts for the temple construction by bringing in a law in Parliament. He is a man of his word," Togadia said.

He was quick to add that he did not try to remind Modi about the issue but "just expressing my views".

The matter of the land title is at present pending in the Supreme Court, where the Allahabad High Court order in the case has been challenged. 

Togadia said Hindutva was not against development and both can go hand-in-hand. 
 

IANS inputs

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