Ayodhya: Trouble is brewing within the Ayodhya Ram temple campaign with Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das indicating he is upset about not being appointed to the trust that will build the temple.
The BJP rushed a delegation to pacify him but were unable to meet the sulking leader.
The BJP top brass sent Ayodhya party MLA Ved Prakash Gupta, mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and Ayodhya Mahanagar president Abhishek Mishra on Thursday to the Mani Ram Das temple here, apparently to talk him out of the sulk.
But the seers at the temple stopped them from entering and forced them to return. Soon, the mahant called an emergency meeting of seers at 3 pm and a press conference at 5 pm, Abhishek Mishra said.
However, the two scheduled events were cancelled as the temple management received a phone call from the Ministry of Home Affairs, said Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, the designated successor to Nritya Gopal Das.
Ved Prakash told PTI that he had arranged for a telephonic conversation between the mahant and home minister Amit Shah and for a phone call from Lucknow as well.
He claimed that three posts were still vacant in the trust and the mahant would be "adjusted" in them. Gupta said they had managed to pacify the seer.
The mahant had earlier said that those who gave their lives to the temple movement had been ignored.
Kamal Nayan Das claimed that the Vaishnav Samaj had been completely ignored in the trust and said that they do not accept it.
Mahant Paramhas Das of Tapasvi Chavni, who had proposed the name of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as the head of the trust, on Thursday started an indefinite fast in protest in Chandauli....