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VHP begins 100-day yagya at Ayodhya

17 Feb 2002


Brushing aside Prime Minister's statement that all concerned should await the court verdict on Ayodhya issue, VHP on Sunday began a 100-day Sri Ram Naam Jap Yagya at Karsevakpuram as part of its programme for construction of Ram Temple here.

A carved stone pillar was consecrated at the workshop at Ramghat on the auspicious "basant panchami" day and moved to Karsevakpuram where the Yagya began in the presence of VHP president Ashok Singhal and Ram Janmabhoomi Trust president Mahant Ramchandra Parmahans.

Parmahans said "it is not a matter to be decided by the court as it relates to religious sentiments of the Hindus.

Disputing Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's statement that his efforts to resolve the issue had failed due to unrelenting stand of both sides, he told reporters in the presence of Singhal that "no talks were held with me by the Prime Minister".

Both Singhal and Parmahans said "VHP would go ahead with temple construction programme" and start moving the carved pillars from its workshop to the Karsevakpuram for the purpose from March 15.

Vajpayee had yesterday said his efforts to resolve the Ayodhya tangle had not made progress "due to unrelenting attitude of both the parties" involved in the vexed issue and "the only course left to resolve the imbroglio now is to await the court verdict".

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