The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which spearheaded the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, on Sunday clarified that it was not collecting any funds for the construction of the proposed Ram temple . Recently VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal had said that Ram devotees from all over the country would be approached to contribute to the construction of the Ram temple.
VHP international general secretary Milind Parande said in a statement, "Since 1989, neither the VHP nor the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas has collected funds for the construction of the temple at Lord Sri Ram's birthplace and has announced not to do so." He said that even in present times, VHP or Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas has not made any such appeal nor is doing so.
Asked what compelled VHP to issue a statement, its spokesperson Vinod Bansal said that VHP is apprehensive of illegal collection of funds in the name of VHP for Ram temple. This step is a precautionary measure. He said that this is to warn the public against any kind of donation for Ram temple in the name of VHP.
Let us tell you that on November 9, in a historic judgment, the Supreme Court gave exclusive rights to the disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindu Paksha or Ramlala. It also directed the Center to set up a trust within 3 months for the construction of a Ram temple in the disputed land. The VHP accelerated the movement with the saints, which reached its peak in the 1990s, when Ashok Singhal led the car service efforts in the disputed land.