BJP takes credit for verdict, VHP says 'It's the beginning'

New Delhi


Even as the government insisted that the Supreme Court judgement on Ayodhya should not be seen as victory or defeat by anyone, the ruling BJP did not shy away from giving some credit subtly to the Modi dispensation over the Ram temple issue, saying its tenure "will be written in golden letters".

In a statement issued by BJP Working President J.P. Nadda, the party said, "The temple issue has been resolved during the NDA government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi".

While welcoming the verdict, the statement said the BJP has "always been committed to the construction of the Ram temple. From Palampur resolution till date, BJP has played sincere and positive role on this issue and performed all its responsibilities."

It went on to add, "Whenever the history of the country will be re-written, this tenure of the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre will be written in golden letters."

Ram temple has been one of the core issues of the BJP and has been part of its election manifesto since 1989.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) which has been spearheading the Ram temple movement, too made its intentions clear.

"About Kashi and Mathura, I must make it clear -- the Supreme Court judgement is not the end of the story but the beginning of it," said VHP's International Working President Alok Kumar, hours after the apex court gave its verdict on the contentious Ayodhya title dispute case.

Talking about the "consciousness of the society", Kumar stressed the priority however will remain the construction of a grand Ram Temple for now.

But the fact the powerful saffron outfit, an affiliate of the RSS, talked about a "beginning" suggests the VHP is likely to pursue the temple cause of Mathura and Kashi, where a dispute similar to Ayodhya exists.IANS 

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