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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday asked his chief secretary and other senior officials to ensure that the status quo was maintained at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

The directions came amid reports that work has been initiated to chisel stones and rocks at Karsewakpuram in the temple town with regard to Ram temple construction.

The matter of Ayodhya is sub-judice and is before the Supreme Court and the state government is committed to ensure it is abided by in letter and spirit.

Principal Secretary (Home) has also been asked to ensure that law and order is maintained at all costs.

Instructions have also been issued to officials across the state to maintain vigil and extra precaution be taken in sensitive districts.

After reports that a truckload of stones has been brought to Karsevakpuram in the vicinity of the disputed site, both sides involved in the dispute on Monday raised the tempers with their statements.

This is the same site, where Babri mosque once stood. It now houses the idols of Ram Lalla (Lord Ram in infancy) under a temporary shed.

The petitioner from the Muslim side, Hashim Ansari said the activity being undertaken by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other affiliate groups was not good and that even the Muslim side can resort to such pressure tactics.

We believe that since the matter is before the SC, the matter can only be settled by judicial process.

On the other hand, Mahant Nritya Gopaldas said he was hopeful that the apex court would take a decision in sync with the public sentiments.

This is nothing new, it is just that once the necessary material has started coming again, we are propitiating the Gods.

Having done the ‘shila pujan’ of the new stones and rocks on Sunday, the seer said that since 2007, the consignment of rocks from Rajasthan had come to a grinding halt and the matter has been resolved after a Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power there.

Former MP from Faizabad and Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Nirmal Khatri, however, accused the BJP of rekindling the Ram Janma issue once again to hide failures of the Narendra Modi government at the centre.

A leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly and senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Swamy Prasad Maurya told that Ayodhya issue had lost steam and people had realized that the BJP used their sentiments and emotions for electoral gains in the 1990s. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy:travelindia-guide.com)

 

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Bajrang Dal: Controversial Member of Sangh Parivar

Bajrang Dal is not just known for beating couples on Valentine's Day, the organization has much more for controversy!

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Bajrang Dal was founded on 1 October 1984. Facebook
Bajrang Dal was founded on 1 October 1984. Facebook

Valentine’s day is around the corner, hence it is impossible for India to not talk about Sang Parivar’s stardom magnet known as ‘Bajrang Dal’. It is an organization that follows the ideology of ‘Hindu Nationalism’ and its slogan is “Seva, Suraksha, Sanskriti” or Service, Safety, and Culture; the fact that Bajrang Dal is a militant organization is as intriguing as the fact that it literally beats couples (following which they are married off) on Valentine’s Day to express their opposition against ‘Western culture’.

The organization is the youth wing of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). It is spread throughout India with 2500 akhadas (just like shakhas of RSS), northern and central portions of the country are most significant though.

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Goals of Bajrang Dal

  • Building Ramjanmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya, Krishnajanmabhoomi temple in Mathura, and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi
  • Protecting India’s ‘Hindu’ identity of India from perceived dangers of communism, Muslim population growth, and Christian conversion
  • Prevention of cow slaughter

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Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of VHP. Wikimedia Commons
Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of VHP. Wikimedia Commons

Controversies of Bajrang Dal

1. It was first banned by the Narasimha Rao government in 1992 during the span of incidents surrounding Babri Masjid Demolition. However, the ban lasted for only one year.

2. Bajrang Dal activists, in April 2006, were killed nearby Nanded allegedly in the process of ‘bomb-making’. This group was also suspected for 2003 Parbhani mosque blasts.

3. In April 2003, Praveen Togadia was arrested after distributing tridents to Bajrang Dal activists in Ajmer defying the ban and prohibitory orders. Later, he had expressed satisfaction at the publicity received due to the incident.

4. The organization has been accused of attacking traders who sell to Muslims and attacking Muslim homes with the objective of not allowing Muslims to own land in parts of Gujrat.

5. On several occasions, acting as “Social Police” the activists of Bajrang Dal have caught un-married couples on Valentine’s day and forced them to apply sindoor or tie rakhis against their wishes. The activists of Bajrang Dal have often indulged in violence, invading gift shops and restaurants and threatening couples on Valentine’s day.