Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan says he will head to the VHP’s Dharam Sansad with a copy of the Constitution, wants Ayodhya renamed as Saket.
New Delhi: The head of the Bhim Army, Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan, Sunday said that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should give up their seats if they cannot prevent the situation in Ayodhya from turning communal.
His comments come ahead of the VHP’s Dharma Sansad meeting at the temple town, in support of the Ram temple, scheduled for Monday.
“I am going to Ayodhya on Monday with a copy of the Constitution. Let me see who stops me,” Azad said. “I will show the Constitution to the district authorities who are saying that they are helpless to prevent any untoward incident. If they can’t prevent the situation from turning communal, they don’t deserve to occupy their chairs.”
He also alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched and questioned the timing of the Sansad event, as 26 November (Monday) is celebrated as Constitution Day.
“By allowing the communal forces to play, the government is deliberately disrespecting the Constitution. The Bhim Army will not allow it,” he said.
Azad also demanded that Ayodhya is renamed as Saket, which he claimed was the earlier name of the temple city. “It was the land of Buddha. We have said it earlier also that instead of Ram temple, a place of worship for Buddha should be built in the disputed land,” he said.
Azad’s Bhim Army has been taking cudgels on behalf of Dalits and other marginalised sections since it was formed in 2016.
‘Behenji should not get paranoid, I’m not joining politics’
Azad also addressed the apparent apprehensions that the BSP supremo Mayawati has for his organisation. On Saturday, Mayawati slammed the Bhim Army for what she said was spreading hatred for upper castes among Dalits.
She has also in the past alleged that Azad had been propped up by the BJP to divide Dalit votes.
Responding to the charges, Azad said, “I don’t know why behenji (Mayawati) is saying this. I don’t have any political ambition.”
“I am a social activist and I will continue to raise my voice against Dalit atrocities. No one can stop me or force me to leave,” he added.
He also said that the BSP supremo should not feel threatened about her safety as long as Bhim Army is there.
“Let me say this openly. If anyone harms Behenji, the Bhim Army will come to protect her,” Azad said. “Recently, she said that her life is under threat. But I want to tell her that she should not get paranoid about us. We will always support her.”