By Ahmad Adil
Thousands of Hindu activists, monks, and leaders associated with the right-wing Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) party held a rally in the Indian capital New Delhi on Sunday to press for construction of a temple at the site where a historic mosque was destroyed in 1992.
There has been a renewed push by right-wing Hindu groups for a new temple in the town of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh -- formerly the site of the 16th century Babri Mosque -- ahead of
Sunday’s rally at New Delhi’s Ramlila grounds was attended by leaders from other right-wing groups as well.
“We want an ordinance to come
“Those in power today promised to construct the Ram temple. They should listen to the people and fulfill the demand,” senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said at the rally on Sunday, according to New Delhi Television (NDTV). The RSS is the ideological mentor of India’s ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).
After Hindus destroyed the Babri Mosque in 1992, it sparked nationwide riots that left around 2,000 people dead. Muslims have demanded a new mosque at the site.
The controversy is set to face a hearing next month at the Indian Supreme Court.