Swamy kicks off Ram Mandir seminar at DU, says nothing will be done forcibly in the matter.
New Delhi : Amid protests outside the Delhi University, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy went ahead with a seminar on the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya where he asserted that nothing will be done forcibly or against the law. He claimed that then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had promised him to support the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and asked the Congress to come forward and support the cause.
“Rajiv Gandhi had personally told me that Ram Mandir will be built and whenever he will get an opportunity he will also help and the first help he did was that despite party opposition, he started the television serial on Ramayana which created a new excitement in public,” he claimed while inaugurating the 2-day seminar amid protests by DU teachers and students. “He had said they will permit the foundation laying too. He had also said in his campaign for 1989 elections that there should be Ram Rajya in the country. I hope Congress will also come forward and support as this is not just our demand but that of the country,” Dr Swamy said.
Asserting that construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is “mandatory for revival of our culture,” he said: “We have started and we will not give up until it is made but nothing will be done forcibly and against the law. We have full faith that we will win in the court.” He announced that the temple construction will begin by this year-end with the cooperation of the Muslim community. He said: “Muslims leaders had committed that if it is proved that there was a temple earlier, they will let us reconstruct it there, and not fulfilling that commitment can be contempt of court.”
Elaborating further at the seminar, he said: “In our country, over 40,000 temples have been demolished, we never say that all those should be reconstructed…but there cannot be a compromise on three of them – Ram Janmabhoomi temple, Krishna temple in Mathura and Kashivishwanath, if Ram Temple is constructed there will be easy way for others, discussions can be done but not compromise.” The two-day seminar titled “Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi Temple: Emerging Scenario” is being organised at DU”s Arts Faculty by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth (AVAP), a research organisation founded by late VHP leader Ashok Singhal and now headed by Dr Swamy.