Ram Temple Trust: PM Modi’s former aide Nripendra Mishra to head construction committee

Ram-Mandir-Trust-1st-meeting-NEW DELHI : Nritya Gopal Das — chief of Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Ram Janambhoomi Nyas and accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case  will head the trust that will be in charge of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya. Another top member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, vice president Champat Rai, will be the General Secretary.
At a meeting this evening, the office bearers of the trust were formally named. A key role will be played by Nripendra Mishra, a former aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was named the chairman of the temple construction committee.
Ram Mandir Trust conducted its first meeting on Wednesday. It was announced that the temple will be built according to old model. As per the sources, the chances of construction of the temple from Ramnavmi is very less. Lord Ram Lalla will be kept in a bullet proof cottage until the construction of Ram Mandir gets completed in Ayodhya.
Mahant Parmanand when he came outside from the first Ram Mandir trust’s meeting on Wednesday. He said that the construction of Ram temple will not start before Ramnavmi or on that day as there will be thousands of people for darshan. “For security reasons the construction will start after Ram Navmi,” he added.

The first meeting of the Ram Mandir Trust concluded on Wednesday evening. Nitya Gopal Das was named President, Champat Rai General Secretary and Govind Dev Giri was named Treasurer of the Trust.While speaking Govind Dev Giri explained about the discussions held and decisions taken about the trust in today’s meeting. Here’s all you need to know.
The three trustees from Ayodhya — Mahant Dinendra Das, Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra and Anil Mishra arrived in Delhi on Wednesday ahead of the meet, while Shankaracharya Vasudevanand Maharaj reached here on Tuesday evening. He held consultations with Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and Suresh Das of Digambar Akhara separately in Ayodhya before leaving for Delhi.

Another member of the trust is Kameshwar Chaupal. Chaupal is a senior Bihar BJP leader, who has twice been a member of the Legislative Council in the state and stood on a BJP ticket in the 2014 General Election from Supaul Lok Sabha constituency. This is primarily the reason many eyebrows are being raised after his inclusion in the trust.
Earlier, Ayodhya seers were agitated over the exclusion of Nritya Gopal Das from the trust after which Union Home Minister Amit Shah stepped in to pacify the sants.
Mahant Dharamdas of Hanumangarhi criticised the constitution of the Trust. “This is disregard of the Supreme Court’s order. Instead of people with ability, they have picked 80 and 90-year-olds.

In a landmark judgment in November, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court had awarded the disputed 2.77 acre land in Ayodhya for a temple. The court said a government-run trust will be responsible for the construction. The Muslims would be given a five-acre “suitable” plot in the town, the Supreme Court had announced.
After today’s meeting the Trust thanked “all constitutional authorities in the country for their role in maintaining law and order after the verdict”. It also expressed condolence for everyone who “laid down their lives for the Ram Janmabhoomi between 1528 and 1984”.
(Bureau Report with Agency Inputs)

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