The Hindu nationalist organisation, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) had held a motorcycle rally in New Delhi on December 2 in order to announce that they would hold a “Dharam Sabha” on December 9. The purpose of the rally was to expedite the early construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, by exerting pressure on the Narendra Modi government. With thousands of people gathered at the Ramlila grounds of New Delhi today, the VHP ensured they kept their word.
The title suit of the Ayodhya land dispute case has been pending before the Supreme Court. The judges at the court are to announce a date for beginning the hearing in January 2019. But the VHP and other right-wing groups feel that they have already waited too long, as the issue has not been solved for 25 years now.
The winter session of the Parliament, the last complete one before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections take effect, is scheduled to begin tomorrow, and will go on till January 2019. In the coming session, they want the government to pass an ordinance or an executive order which can bypass the legal process, and thereby fast-track the construction of the temple.
Addressing the gathering today, Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji‘ Joshi, the executive head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) criticized the government without actually naming the BJP or PM Narendra Modi. He referenced the promise made by “those in power today” and asked them to listen to the people and ensure that their demands be met.
According to new reports, elaborate security measures were taken for the day with the added measure of snipers being stationed at certain locations. The rally turned chaotic when people tried to force their way to the grounds. Since the police feared a stampede, they shut the gates to the ground. Reportedly, policeman were physically holding the doors together as the crowd was attempting to force them open.
The VHP said that they had expected over 1.5 lakh supporters for the event today, a successor to the rally in Ayodhya held last month, which served as the commencement point for their mass mobilisation programme. The next rally is scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad.