Ram Mandir: RSS' 10 day 'Sankalp Yatra' kick-starts in Delhi with an eye on ordinance

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 1: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will start its 10-day 'Sankalp rath yatra' in Delhi on Saturday demanding an ordinance for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. The RSS 'rath yatra' aims to push for a decision on the construction of Ram Mandir ahead of the Supreme Court hearing, which is likely to begin in January 2019.The ‘Sankalp Rath Yatra’ will culminate on 9 December, the same day the Sangh Parivar affiliate Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) will be holding a mega rally at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi to put pressure on the Centre for the construction of the temple.The rally comes after the events organised by the RSS, VHP and Shiv Sena on 25 November in Ayodhya, Nagpur and Bengaluru, respectively, to muster support for the construction of Ram temple.An Asian Age report says the rath yatra will be spearheaded by another Sangh Parivar affiliate, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM). It will will start from Jhandewala Mandir, a few metres from RSS’s Delhi headquarters.

On Tuesday the RSS had demanded an ordinance or a law to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the earliest, saying the Supreme Court's decision to defer the hearing in the land dispute case has "hurt" Hindu sentiments.“The Supreme Court put the case to January next year. They said they have own priorities,” a RSS national executive member Indresh Kumar said as he questioned the apex court's decision.Maintaining that it was a matter of faith for crores of Hindus and justice must not be “delayed”, Kumar, while addressing a seminar, said, "From whom can we have hope? The answer is government. Ram Janma Bhoomi se anyaay kyun (Why Injustice towards the birthplace of Ram)?""The government will bring a law or an ordinance and they should do so, but till 11 December, the model code is in force (due to the Assembly polls in five states). The government's hands are tied till then," Kumar added.PTI