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Adopt our model or Ram temple may take long to build, VHP tells government

The temple’s design and expanse over the 67 acres of government-acquired land in Ayodhya will also determine the location of a proposed 251-metre statue of Lord Ram in the town. This would be tallest statue in the world.

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  • Names of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas head Nritya Gopal Das; Digambar Akhara chief Mahant Suresh Das, who was a party in the case in the SC; and either Nirmohi Akhara sarpanch Ramchandra Acharya or its Ayodhya chief Mahant Dinendra Das were among those under consideration for being included in the proposed trust, according to the people in the know.

    Underlining that India is a democratic country, Ravi Shankar Prasad said there is freedom to protest but "there can't be any compromise with national security". "We welcome criticism but such voices and views which talk about dividing the country are not acceptable," he said at a programme on the act organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

    A day after 'Pinky' Chaudhary, head of Hindutva organistion Hindu Raksha Dal, released a video claiming responsibility for the JNU vandalism, the Sangh Parivar distanced itself from the group.

    Vishwesha Theertha, who died aged 88 in Udupi after a brief illness on Sunday, was socially active and had reached out to Dalits with his visits to their colonies even as he carried on his spiritual activities with equal vigour and endeared thousands of devotees with his inclusive approach during his eight decades of sainthood.

    Vishwesha Theertha, who died aged 88 in Udupi after a brief illness on Sunday, was socially active and had reached out to Dalits with his visits to their colonies even as he carried on his spiritual activities with equal vigour and endeared thousands of devotees with his inclusive approach during his eight decades of sainthood.

    Senior VHP officials told media persons on Sunday that a team of 250 VHP members had met 400 lawmakers from different political parties in the past two weeks for this purpose.

    The Vishva Hindu Parishad is set to felicitate the entire legal team that fought for Ayodhya case in the court that ultimately won themvictory to build Ram Lalla temple at the disputed site. The team was led by senior Supreme Court lawyer K. Parasaran. The VHP has also invited lawyers who fought the case in the high court and lower court.

    Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi accused AIMPLB of trying to ‘instigate the Muslims’ and said AIMPLB had no locus-standi in the case. “They are just trying to disturb the atmosphere of harmony,” he said, adding most of the Muslims would not agree with AIMPLB’s decision.

    The Nirmohi Akhara, which SC said should be assigned “an appropriate role in the management” of the proposed trust, has sought an appointment with PM Modi to put forth its view. “We want achche se achcha (best possible) post in the trust – of the chairman or the secretary. We have sought a meeting with the PM,” Mahant Dinendra Das of the Akhara told ET.

    The development comes as the Supreme Court asked the Centre to set up a trust within three months for the construction of the temple. Members of VHP’s Ayodhya unit told ET that the Centre could ask Mahant Nritya Gopal Das to be part of the trust.

    In the early hours of the day, life went on as normal in different parts of the city with school children and morning walkers taking to the streets and shops and businesses opening at their usual time. This year the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has decided against observing 'Shaurya Diwas'.

    The Ramalaya Nyas is headed by Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati and Swami Avimukteshwaranand is its secretary. It said in the letter that it was formed in 1994 after the enactment of the Ayodhya Act, 1993, which stipulated that a trust be formed in the future for the construction of the temple. Since the VHP’s Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas was formed in 1985.

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