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Udaipur: Ahead of Narendra Modi beginning a second term as prime minister, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat has insisted the construction of a Ram temple in the disputed plot in Ayodhya must be among the priorities of the new government. Bhagwat called it “Ram ka kaam (work of Lord Rama)”.

“Ram ka kaam karna hai, aur Ram ka kaam hokar rahega (Ram’s work has to be done, and Ram’s work will be done),” Bhagwat said here, in an apparent reference to the construction of a temple at the disputed spot in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid stood before 6 December 1992.

The sarsanghchalak said Lord Rama lived in everyone, and “Ram ka kaam” is everyone’s responsibility.

The RSS chief was speaking at an event here on Monday.

Earlier, spiritual leader Morari Bapu said that the country was passing through a phase where Ram’s work needed to be done.

In his address, Mohan Bhagwat then asked participants to keep Morari Bapu’s message in mind.

The RSS chief was in Udaipur from Friday to Monday to attend a “Sangh Shiksha Seva” training camp.

Sources say that the previous government of Modi tried to pave the way for the coveted Ram Mandir by returning the land around the disputed site to their respective owners. While no party to the dispute contested this idea of returning the undisputed land, this would practically tilt the case in favour of the Hindu side because Muslims may not like a mosque to be situated at a place that is surrounded on all sides by Hindu settlements.

The owners of the undisputed part of the land that the PV Narasimha Rao government had acquired are mostly Hindu.

In the meantime, many Hindus are voicing concern on social media that even before the new government is sworn in, several BJP leaders from Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi to the young face in the party Tejasvi Surya have started sounding too “secular” for their comfort.

Writing on the issue in Firstpost, engineer-turned-litigator J Sai Deepak, who has been campaigning to free temples from state control, said, “It has been argued by scholars of Constitutional law that a “constitutional democracy” is, in fact, an oxymoron because excessive emphasis on or veneration of constitutionalism could lead to a rapidly shrinking space for democracy itself…”

“… since the document is fundamentally meant to keep pace with the times, its contents are not and cannot be treated as being immune to change…,” Sai Deepak wrote.

“… Some of these amendments, such as the inclusion of the term “socialist” and some may argue even the inclusion of the term “secular”, have fundamentally altered the document’s character and are waiting to be expunged to restore the Constitution to its original intent, which may have been corrupted over time…” the engineer-turned-litigator noted.

Sai Deepak has been enjoying a huge following among the Hindus since the time women’s entry into the Sabarimala shrine, as ordered by the Supreme Court, became a national issue. There is a section in Hindu society that believes the BJP, backed by the RSS, uses Hindus as a vote-bank but does nothing for the community once it attains power.