RSS chief assures saints of Ram temple

Working to find a solution, says Bhagwat during 3-day Bihar trip

Updated - November 24, 2018 12:12 am IST

Published - November 24, 2018 12:11 am IST - Patna

Mohan Bhagwat

Mohan Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was on a three-day visit to Bihar, has assured the sant samaj (saint community) of a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the earliest. Mr. Bhagwat met several saints and Sangh functionaries during his visit.

“The Sangh pramukh has assured us that he is dedicated towards the cause of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the earliest and that he was working to find a solution to it,” Swami Laxmanacharya, who was among the prominent saints that Mr. Bhagwat met in the State, told journalists in Sonepur on Thursday.

Swami Laxmanacharya is the head of the Gajendra Moksha Mandir in Sonepur, some 40 km from Patna.

The RSS chief also had a closed-door meeting with Jeeyar Swami in Sonepur for about an hour.

The sant samaj, sources said, apprised Mr. Bhagwat of their desire to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya. They told Mr. Bhagwat that “if the government is not able to take any decision on the matter within the next two-three months, the sant samaj would start constructing the temple there”. The saints also informed Mr. Bhagwat that they were pinning their hopes on a Private Member’s Bill for the construction of a Ram temple.

Before reaching Patna, Mr. Bhagwat was in Bhagalpur where he said that the Sangh would work for “spreading awareness among the people for the construction of a temple in Ayodhya”. He, however, did not speak to the media before leaving for Delhi on Friday.

This was Mr. Bhagwat’s fourth visit to Bihar since Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar joined hands with the BJP again and formed the NDA government in July 2017.

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