VHP gears up to shift focus from Ram temple to Ganga

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Hardwar, Jun 14 (UNI) Ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is gearing up to shift the focus of its Hindutva agenda from the Ram temple to the Ganga.

The holy city of Hardwar, which has been the centre of most of the VHP decisions on building the Ram temple at Ayodhya, is now going to be the place from where the organisation is all set to launch a new agenda.

VHP president Ashok Singhal and General Secretary Praveen Togadiya, along with the top brass of the outfit, have been camping here for the last few days to enlist support of the sant community for the two-day meet of the high power committee of Ram Temple beginning here at Nishkam Sewa Trust this afternoon. The core committee of the VHP is scheduled to meet here on June 16.

Sources say that in a bid to rope in the yoga guru Ramdev, who commands mammoth following in the country, the VHP is going to participate in a big way in the Ganga Bachao Sammelan organised by him at his Patanjali Yogpeeth here on June 17.

Most of the prominent religious leaders of the country, including Swami Jayendra Saraswati, the Shankracharya of Kanchi Kam Koti Peetham and Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Jyotirpeeth of Badrinath, have already reached here to participate in the VHP meet.

Addressing a large gathering of the religious leaders and devotees of the Ganga at Hari Ki Pauri here last evening, Mr Singhal said the protection of the purity of the Ganga and ensuring its incessant flow was the most important to them as the holy river symbolised the identity of the nation and 'our cultural heritage'.

He also exhorted the public to prevent the anti-Hindu forces from coming to power in the country.

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