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Babri Masjid was demolished by a Hindu mob in Ayodhya on 6th Dec 1992. — File photo

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NEW DELHI — In a blatant push for construction of Ram Temple even though the case is pending in the Supreme Court, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has reportedly ordered truckloads of stones and is roping in more artisans to carve them into pillars and structures that would be assembled into a three-storied temple at the place where Babri Masjid once stood. VHP leaders in Ayodhya claimed that 70 more trucks carrying stones are expected to arrive the town soon.

This is said to be almost four times the quantum of the construction material that VHP brought in more than a year ago at its Ramjanmabhoomi Mandir Nirman Karyashala (workshop) which is being closely supervised by VHP top brass and Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas.

VHP’s international vice-president Champat Rai said more stones and artisans would be brought to speed up the work.

“We are not going to step back. Ye sachchai ki vijay ke liye ladai hai…( This is a battle for victory of truth). We are just waiting for the Supreme Court order,” Rai said, according to Times of India report.

After RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat made a strong pitch for a law for construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, a week ago, the general mood in the temple town appears to have been reenergised.

Pilgrims and eager visitors poured in at Karsewakpuram to be greeted by the lilting sound of Ram bhajans recited by local priests and devotees. There was heavy police presence in Ayodhya on Tuesday.

VHP has reportedly scaled up its preparation for the temple construction work and the model of the proposed temple is being polished up. The VHP, perhaps, is hopeful of a favourable outcome of the hearing of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case which begins in Supreme Court on October 29.

This move of the VHP would certainly impress the visitors to the temple town and cannot serve any other purpose as long as the matter is decided by the Supreme Court.

Though amassing so much construction material including stones is in itself a wrong step and negligence on the part of the local administration as it hurts the sentiments rather demoralise the Muslim community that is also confident of a favourable decision by the Apex Court.

Mr Iqbal Ansari, main litigant from Muslim side, reportedly said the BJP government needed to stop VHP from getting into overdrive as the issue is pending in the Supreme Court.