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'Hindus And Muslims Will Build The Temple Together'

The mahant on his relationship with the VHP, BJP and the support of Muslims in solving the Ayodhya tangle

'Hindus And Muslims Will Build The Temple Together'
Nirala Tripathi
'Hindus And Muslims Will Build The Temple Together'
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How do you plan to build the temple?
The temple has already been built in Ayodhya. It was built the day the other structure (Babri Masjid) was brought down. Ram Lalla is already sitting at the site. No one in the world can displace him. Puja is being performed every day. The only thing that needs to be done is to have a structure around him. That too will be done.

Your political mentors have not built the "structure" despite riding to power on the issue. How will you convince people you’ll do what others have not?
We’re not concerned with what the politicians are doing. The sants of Ayodhya have made as many sacrifices to have a temple at the Ramjanmabhoomi as people during the Quit India movement. We are not the ones playing Ayodhya politics. It’s a matter of life and death for us. If the BJP and VHP have politicised the issue, what about the others? They too are stalling Parliament on the issue. We’re not interested in what politicians say. We want construction to start as soon as possible. If it was done through the judicial process, we’d be all for it. But the court case has taken 50 years. How long are we going to wait for the verdict? We respect the judiciary but this is a religious matter. We’ll do everything in our power to initiate action.

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