Moment of fulfilment for me, says an emotional LK Advani
Lal Krishna Advani, on Saturday, said that he feels the moment of fullfilment for him post the Supreme Court's judgement on Ram Temple construction.
New Delhi: One man who had launched a rath yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya to stir up support for the demand for the construction of a Ram temple back in 1990- Lal Krishna Advani, on Saturday, said that he feels the moment of fulfilment for him post the Supreme Court's judgement on Ram Temple construction.
A key architecture of the Ram Janambhoomi, Advani said, "I join all my countrymen in wholeheartedly welcoming the historic judgement delivered by the five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today in the Ayodhya matter."
Talking to reporters, he said, "Moment of fulfilment for me, God gave me opportunity to contribute to mass movement, biggest since India's Freedom Movement."
He said, "Now time has come to leave all contention and acrimony behind and embrace communal concord and peace. I stand vindicated, feel deeply blessed at SC verdict paving way for construction of magnificent Ram temple in Ayodhya."
Stressing that Ram and Ramayana occupy an esteemed place in India's cultural and civilisational heritage and Ram janmabhoomi (birthplace) holds a special and sacred place in the hearts of crores of countrymen, he said it is gratifying that their belief and sentiments have been respected.
Underlining that the judgment is the culmination of a long and contentious process over the last many decades, Advani, who has been the BJP's longest serving president, said, "Now that the prolonged Mandir-Masjid dispute in Ayodhya has come to an end, the time has come to leave all contention and acrimony behind and embrace communal concord and peace."
Struggling to find a space in the country's politics dominated by secular parties, the BJP under L K Advani hitched its bandwagon to the temple cause in its Palampur resolution in 1989, giving a defining Hindutva edge to its politics which until then had lacked a popular cause celebre.
The issue combined with its alliance with anti-Congress parties in 1989 won the BJP 85 seats in Lok Sabha elections against mere two in 1984.