Babri Masjid
Rear view of the Babri Masjid, Ayodhya.Wikimedia Commons

Online social networking site Twitter is abuzz with tweets from both the supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad's demand for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, and those raising voices against it.

On Friday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad called for a large gathering in Ayodhya on 6 December to "chalk out the strategy to construct a Ram temple".

On 6 December, 1992, the 16th-century Babri Masjid was hammered down by thousands of VHP, Shiv Sena party and BJP supporters, who claimed that the mosque was built on Ram Janmabhoomi (mythological birth place of Lord Rama).

The VHP has decided to speed up their demand for construction of the Ram temple to pay tribute to the organisation's late president Ashok Singhal, who died on 17 November. "We'll speed up the Ram temple movement to pay Singhal a real tribute," a spokesperson for the VHP in Ayodhya Sharad Sharma said.

At least 300 VHP and BJP activists had arrived in Ayodhya on Friday to immerse Singhal's ashes in the Sarayu river in a ceremony.

At the ceremony, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas's chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and VHP secretary-general Champat Rai directed an oath taking to build the temple on Ram Janmabhoomi "soon". Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas is the VHP's trust to promote and oversee the construction of Ram temple on the disputed site.

They said there will not be a delay in "realising Singhal's dream of a magnificent Ram temple in Ayodhya" anymore. "People from across the country will gather at Kar Sewakpuram on December 6 and chalk out the strategy to construct a Ram temple," Das had said.

Even as the Hindu organisation has started to press for their demand for construction of Ram temple, people on social media have indulged into a virtual fight on the issue. While majority have supported the VHP's demand for Ram mandir, there are others who have raised their concerns for government's dedication to the issues of poverty, poor infrastructure, education and many others.

Below are some Twitter reactions from people who have spoken in favour of the demand and also from those who have protested against it.

In support of Ram mandir:

Against the construction of Ram temple:

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