Vishwa Hindu Parsihad's 'Dharma Sabha' commenced in Ayodhya on Sunday afternoon with senior leader Champat Rai declaring that no formula dividing the disputed land will be acceptable for temple construction.
Addressing the sabha after the inauguration marked by chanting of mantras and lighting of lamp, the international general secretary Champat Rai said 'we want the entire land for temple construction...no formula dividing the land is acceptable'.
Though Rai did not spell out the details, his assertions are considered to be in reference to the Allahabad high court verdict dividing the land into three parts.
The Allahabad high court had ruled by a majority verdict that the disputed land in Ayodhya be divided equally into three parts among Hindus and Muslims and that the place where the makeshift temple of Lord Ram exists belongs to Hindus.
In their separate judgements on the sensitive 60-year old title dispute on Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid structure, Justices S U Khan and Sudhir Agarwal said that the area under the central dome of the three-domed structure where Lord Ram's idol exists belongs to Hindus.
Rai also said that the delay in the temple construction is not a good sign.
The Dharam Sabha site wore a festive look with placards, saffron flags and buntings with the head gear of enthusiastic Ram bhakts all over.
The VHP which has claimed that 3 lakh people will be participating in the sabha has made elaborate arrangements including for food and medical facilities.
While hoardings of VHP stalwart late Ashok Singhal were set up at various places, devotees were seen blowing conch shells to express their enthusiasm for the dharma Sabha. -- PTI
IMAGE: Seers from different ashrams gather at the programme venue as they participate in a rally 'Dharam Sabha', being organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple, in Ayodhya on Sunday. Photograph: Nand Kumar/PTI Photo