1990: June – VHP fixes October 30 as the date to start the construction of the temple…

June – VHP fixes October 30 as the date to start the construction of the temple.

July – The VP Singh government starts efforts for negotiations on the issue.

September 25 – BJP chief LK Advani starts rath yatra from Somnath. With expected October 30 arrival in Ayodhya.

October 19 – The central government passes an ordinance to acquire the disputed land and hand it over to the RIB Nyas but takes it back within three days.

October 23 – Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav stops Advani’s rath and arrests him.

October 30 – November 2: Hundreds of thousand kar sevaks (volunteers) reach Ayodhya to start the temple construction work. UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav orders police firing to control the mob, Seventeen kar sevaks are killed, though VHP claims the number is much higher.

November 7 – VP Singh government falls after BJP withdraws support; Chandrashekhar becomes the new PM with Congress’s support.

December 23 – VHP and BMAC submit documents justifying their claims to the government; the effort fizzles after the Muslim side fails to attend five rounds of meetings.

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Dr. Jai Bansal is a retired scientist, currently serving as the VP Education for the World Hindu Council of America (VHPA)

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