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RSS says, ‘If government doesn’t, we will build Ram temple’

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New Delhi: Around 11.30 a.m on Sunday, every single road leading to the historic Ramlila Maidan in the national capital was jam-packed and the air reverberated with the chants of “Jai Sri Ram” and “Mandir wahi banaenge”.

People were walking in hordes towards the destination-Ramlila Maidan-which many said was their “Ayodhya” for the day.

They were here to take part in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)-organised rally, or “Dharma Sabha”, to demand the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, days ahead of the winter session of Parliament.

It was saffron all around as people, men mostly, of all ages, carried saffron flags, many wearing wristbands with “Ram Mandir” inscribed on them walked around shouting slogans proudly, as if they had already achieved their goal.

 

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“Aaj humara din hai (today belongs to us). We can’t go to Ayodhya, but we want to convey that the people are just a call away. This massive turnout is an indication that we want Ram Mandir, at any cost. It is now or never,” Namit Nagar, 28-year-old businessman who came from Faridabad, told media persons.

The agenda was set by the people at the rally and the message was clear: they do not want to wait any longer. Their voices confirmed their desire to have Ram Mandir before 2019 elections.

“We have gathered here to send a message that if the government fails to build the temple, then we will do it. Ram was born here, it is our land. If Ram temple is not constructed in Ayodhya then where do you think it should be build?” Nagar threw a poser.

Laxmi Narayan Gupta, a 75-year-old businessman who came from a village near Badarpur, said that earlier he visited Ayodhya once in every two years or so, but due to the age factor, he has not been able to go there for the last three years.

 

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Gupta said that he still has hope that the temple will be built before the elections. On being asked the reasons for supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he stated it is the only party that can settle the temple issue.

“Ayodhya has been an emotive issue for the Hindu community… This is the right time to build temple and the BJP is bound to do it. Since people are raise voice for the temple, the government is bound to heed to their demand,” Gupta said emphatically.

The Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute is currently pending before the Supreme Court which adjourned the decision on October 29. In January, the apex body is expected to announce a date for beginning the hearing.

The VHP-RSS activists and supporters, who had assembled for the Sunday’s rally, also voiced their anguish over the delay in the construction of Ram temple due to a delay in start of hearing in the matter. They also expressed their reservations on the apex court giving a verdict in a religious-emotional issue like this.

 

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“We can’t wait for the Supreme Court verdict. If the court doesn’t come up with a judgment in our favour, which is very much likely, this crowd will end up reaching Ayodhya. The court can open at midnight to hear the case of a terrorist but doesn’t have time to resolve this matter,” said Brajendra Gupta from Dhaula Kuan who is also a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist.

But what if BJP does not build the temple prior to 2019 elections?

“We have been waiting patiently for four years now, I gave vote to BJP only because they mentioned about building temple at Ayodhya in their manifesto. It is disappointing that we were given false hopes and assurances. We still have faith that BJP will build it, and if not we won’t support it any more,” Parth Sharma, an accounts professional from Saharanpur, stated.

 

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IAF An-32 goes missing in northeast, no trace of wreckage

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) An-32 transporter with 13 people on board went missing while flying from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh on Monday but there was no trace of the plane or its wreckage despite many hours of search.

The aircraft with 13 on board (eight aircrew and five passengers) had taken off from Assam’s Jorhat at 12.27 p.m. for Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district bordering China, but it lost contact with ground authorities at around 1 p.m.

The IAF flew sorties of its C-130 Super Hercules, An-32s and two Mi-17 helicopters along with Indian Army’s Advanced Light Helicopters to locate the missing aircraft. Several leads from the ground about the possible location of the crash site were followed but no wreckage was found.

The IAF said in a statement that search operations will continue from air and by ground parties of Indian Army through the night.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who was on his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking over two days ago, spoke to IAF vice chief, Air Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria and took stock of rescue operations. IAF chief B.S Dhanoa was to be in Sweden on a four-day visit.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted: “Praying for safety of all 13 persons who were on board.”

The Deputy Commissioner of newly-created Shi Yomi district in Arunachal, Mito Dirchi, said there were some reports of a crash in the jungles of the district.
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“We have sent a team for search which includes SP and some villagers. But we have not found any wreckage. We are going to search the areas tomorrow morning again.”

The disappearance of the An-32 on Monday is eerily similar to the incident that took place in the same month 10 years ago in the same location involving the same type of aircraft and same number of personnel. The aircraft that crashed on June 9, 2009 was also operating in the same area with 13 on board. The wreckage was found days later over the Rinchi Hill above Hyeo village, about 60 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Among the 13 personnel on board in the latest incident, six are IAF officers including a wing commander. The terrain and weather conditions in the area makes flying challenging and familiarization sorties are carried out routinely along with air maintenance operations for the border troops.

The IAF has around 100 An-32s and the fleet has been undergoing upgradation, adding new avionics and other features.

This is the second major incident after the disappearance of an An-32 over the Bay of Bengal in 2016 with 29 on board. The mystery behind the accident could never be solved as the massive search over sea was called off after no trace of wreckage was found. The flight was on the way to Port Blair from Chennai.

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