The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday demanded that the Union Government allocate 64 acres of the contentious land at Ayodhya so that construction of the Ram Janma Bhoomi temple begins. He said there was no point in delaying the matter even after the three Judge Bench of Allahabad High Court had recognised the place as Lord Rama's birthplace.

Addressing a press conference here, VHP State organising secretary Kesava Raju said the decision of the High Court only means that the Judges concurred with the VHP's contention. Against this background, not only the land on which the present temple structure existed but the 64 acres surrounding it should be handed over to the Ram Janma Bhoomi Nyas, he demanded.

Mr. Kesava Raju also demanded start of work on repairs to roads and bridges at the Pranahita Pushkaram venues in three mandals in Adilabad. He criticised the Government for being slow on Pushkaram works and questioned its sincerity in conducting the Pushkarams.