BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday, 20 September, expressed hope that the movement for building Ram temple in Ayodhya will result in "victory for culture", saying people's sentiments always win in democracy.
His remarks at a book release event came as Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat reiterated his call for constructing the temple at the earliest, saying "justice" needed to be given to society quickly.
Shah described the Ram Janambhoomi movement as the biggest agitation in India since independence, touching all sections of the society.
The BJP President said he would not speak much on the issue due to the timing – an apparent reference to the ongoing Supreme Court hearings on the matter. People's agitation had been going since the temple was demolished in Ayodhya over six centuries ago, and it will continue till the victory for culture is achieved , he said.
"People's sentiments always win in democracy, and I have faith that this agitation will go in a similar direction," he said.
Making a reference to decades-old movement in support of temple at what Hindus believe to be the birth place of Lord Ram, Bhagwat said denying truth and justice, and promoting untruth and injustice causes violence.
People's devotion that existed for centuries was ignored, he said, adding it amounted to inviting trouble. Bhagwat had on 19 September, pitched for building the temple at the earliest.
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