Amid expectations of thousands if not lakhs, a rally taken out by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in New Delhi to push for early construction of Ram temple got off to a rather unimpressive start.
It emerged that barely a hundred activists turned up at the event to show support.
The Yatra eventually got flagged off from New Delhi’s Jhandewala temple.
It need be mentioned that the Sankalp Yatra is to run for nine days before culminating at the Ramlila Ground on December 9.
It is being organised by the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, a group affiliated to the RSS.
Swadeshi Jagran Manch co-convenor Kamal Tewari, however, tried to shrug off the poor showing at the event.
He expressed confidence that close to 6-8 lakh people at the Ramlila Maidan on the final day of the event.
The Ram temple issue has assumed significance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year, with several right-wing groups — including the RSS and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) — demanding an early decision.
An RSS supporter at the rally alleged that the judiciary was not treating the Ram temple issue with the importance it deserves.>