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Gurgaon: Veteran Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal passed away at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on Tuesday. He was 89.

Organization’s international working president Praveen Togadia. “Mr Singhal died at 2.24 PM at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon,” said Togadia.

He was hospitalised here after developing heart and kidney problems and breathlessness and was in “very serious”, doctors said on Monday, adding that the patient was not showing any sign of improvement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow on Twitter, saying Singhal’s demise was “a personal loss.”

“Singhal is being treated for cardiac and nephrological problems. He has also developed problems in breathing and is not showing any progress in his vital parameters,” a source had told IANS.

“The patient opens his eyes after regular intervals, but he is not in a position to speak or respond,” the source had said.

Singhal, who was admitted to Medanta – The Medicity hospital here in Sector 38, was being kept on life-support systems in the Intensive Care Unit.

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, union minister Harsh Vardhan, VHP leader Praveen Togadia, Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, chairman, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, and a few state leaders visited the hospital on Monday to enquire about Singhal’s health.

Togadia had also visited the hospital on Sunday along with Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and union ministers Rajnath Singh and Uma Bharti.

A team of doctors headed by Sanjay Mittal, director of Clinical Cardiology and Research at Medanta, is treating Singhal.

Singhal was referred to the same hospital on October 20, but he was discharged after he showed signs of improvement. He was again brought back on Friday night as his condition deteriorated.

BJP president Amit Shah, union Health Minister J P Nadda, and BJP general secretary (organisation) Ramlal visited the hospital on Saturday to enquire about Singhal’s health.

All the visitors, however, could not meet him as Singhal is on life-support.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra said that Modi Government should enact a legislation in which would enable the construction of ram temple in Ayodha

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Uttar Pradesh, Mar 25, 2017: After the Supreme Court’s mandate which came on tuesday that the Ayodha case should be settled out of court, Senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra said that Modi Government should enact a legislation in the parliament which would enable the construction of ram temple in Ayodha, as reported by PTI.

On issue that the Supreme Court has mandated that the issue should be resolved out of court, he has said that dialogue can only be held with friends, people of similar thoughts and people of same level.

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He is of the view that the one of the reasons for the massive mandate that BJP got in the 2014 general election and the Uttar pradesh Assmeble polls is the expectation of the public that the a huge temple would be built on the Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodha.

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VHP’s international working president Praveen Togadia has also repeated his earlier demand that a law should be enavted enabling the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Mr. Togadia had added that when in 1991 the then Prime Minister Chandrashekhar’s union government had tried to get VHP and the Babri Action Committee (BMAC) to sit at one table to amicably solve the matter. However when the VHP had submitted all proofs of a temple being there, the BMAC members abandoned that meeting.

Further he had said that the excavation by Geo Radar and  the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the directions of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High court has already proven that there was a grand temple at site of Babri structure. The High Court has also accepted enough proof of existence of a temple on the site of the Babri structure and the Muslim community had agreed that if there was proof enough of the existence of a temple on that site they would withdraw their claim.

Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself