Ready to maintain the momentum built during the recent Dharam Sabha in Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is all set to organise events across the country during which people would be seen taking an oath to build a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The week-long programme is likely to begin on Gita Jayanti on December 18 and will continue for a week.
“In days to come, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad would be holding pledge- taking programmes at various places in the country. The pledge will be taken for construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya. This will begin on Gita Jayanti and will continue for almost a week. Apart from this we are holding Dharam Sabhas on a smaller scale in various parts of the country,” Secretary (organization) of VHP’s Awadh praant Bholendra told PTI Thursday.
VHP spokesperson in Ayodhya, Sharad Sharma, said, “A similar programme is scheduled to be held in Delhi on 9 December in which over 5 lakh people are likely to turn up. Then on 31 January and 1 February, we are going to organise a Dharam Sansad in Prayagraj in which more than 5,000 seers from across the country are likely to participate. Seers from southern states and north-eastern states have been specifically invited.”
The Dharam Sansad will be seen acknowledging various issues such as the Ram Temple, cow and river Ganga. ‘Dharam Sabha’ — the biggest assemblage of Ram bhakts in the holy town Ayodhya — is being seen by the opposition as an effort by the running government to test waters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Ayodhya has lately turned into a fortress for the Shiv Sena and VHP’s programmes. One ADGP, one DIG, three SSPs, 10 ASPs, 21 DSPs, 160 inspectors, 700 constables, 42 companies of PAC, five companies of RAF, ATS commandos and drone cameras have been deployed in Ayodhya for maintaining law and order.