RPI asks govt to ban VHP
Tribune News Service
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal, outfits of the Sangh Parivar, came in for a sharp attack today from the Republican Party of India (RPI) and Muslim organisations for their “communal” activities.
The RPI urged the government to ban the VHP for trying to disturb the communal harmony by announcing plans for construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
The Ayodhya dispute was in court and the VHP’s announcement of plans to construct the temple without waiting for the judicial order is a challenge to the communal harmony, RPI president Ramadas Athawale told mediapersons here.
He said Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee as an Opposition leader had promised to protect the Babri Masjid in 1992. In spite of it, the mosque was demolished. Now it was the responsibility of his government to protect the disputed site till the judiciary pronounced its verdict, he said.
Arms training to Bajrang Dal activists by sangh parivar was condemned by leaders attending the Muslim Convention and they urged the government to ban the activity.
The convention was attended by leaders of the All-India Insaf Party, Indian Union Muslim League, Indian National League and National Loktantrik Party. On the NCSN (IM) ceasefire, the RPI president said the decision of the government had created doubts in the minds of the people of Manipur about the larger implications of the Centre’s decision.