Ayodhya: People arrive for a rally at Bada Bhaktmal ki Bagiya to attend 'Dharam Sabha’, being organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple, in Ayodhya, Sunday, November 25, 2018. Photo: PTI
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is holding a 'Dharam Sabha' rally in Ayodhya on Sunday, describing it as its "last effort" to clear the hurdles for the construction of a Ram temple in the temple town. The meeting, according to agency reports, has been called to discuss a strategy for the early construction of the temple.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad international general secretary Champat inaugurated the Sabha by the lighting of the lamp. He also said, "We want the entire land for construction of Ram temple". He further added that no division of land is acceptable. Rai statements can be seen in reference to the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict.
The Hindu outfit has claimed that around 300,000 devotees have arrived at Uttar Pradesh to partake in the rally. Earlier in the day, Uddhav Thackeray also visited the Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya. Thackeray said Hindus are today asking when will the temple be made while maintaining that his visit to Ayodhya is neither for political purposes nor is there any hidden agenda. "I am only asking (BJP) that when you were campaigning for elections you said all possibilities will be explored under the Constitution... what has been done in four years... when will you explore possibilities," he asked.
The RSS and its other affiliates have also thrown in their support to make the event a show of strength so that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre can be pressurised into acting for the early construction of the temple. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is also taking part in some events.
Ayodhya event aimed at diverting attention from BJP's failures: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav says the 'joint show' of the VHP, the RSS, the BJP and other organisations in Ayodhya for the construction of Ram temple was intended to divert attention from alleged failures of the ruling dispensation in curbing blackmoney and in creating enough employment, reported PTI
Uttarakhand CM bats for Ram temple
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the whole world looks upon the holy city as the birthplace of lord Ram. He said dispute with regard to the temple in Ayodhya is only over land which the government can resolve by framing a law in accordance with the Constitution
Ayodhya issue BJP's prte-poll 'gimmick' says Opposition
With various saffron outfits upping their ante on the Ram temple issue in Ayodhya, the UP opposition parties dubbed their activities as a BJP's "political gimmick" before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls aimed at exploiting the peoples' "sentiments" in its favour. Accoring to a report by PTI, SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap said raking up the Ram temple issue and renaming cities will not work this time and that it is 'bound to taste defeat'.
Veteran Congress leader quashes PM Modi's claim that Congress was responsible for a delayed verdict in the Ayodhya case, reported PTI. He also challenged PM Modi to make allegations against CJI Ranjan Gogoi, who had declared in October that the matter was not a priority for the Supreme Court.
Grand ram temple should be constructed after SC order
Union minister Piyush Goyal ion Sunday said a magnificent Ram temple should be constructed in Ayodhya after the Supreme Court's judgment and with popular consensus. The Railway minister said the BJP has always made it clear that a Ram temple should be constructed at the birth place of lord Rama.
Bhim Army chief to visit Ayodhya on Monday
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad alleged the 'Dharma Sabha' frenzy in Ayodhya aims to whip up communal frenzy, instigate violence and use bloodshed to polarise voters ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He will visit the temple town on Monday to urge the authorities to ensure that law and order prevails in the temple town.
Congress is 'delaying' construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya
PM Modi on Sunday accused Congress party of adopting "delaying tactics" in the Supreme Court to create hurdles in the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya and playing a "dangerous game" of threatening the judges with impeachment. "Ïs it fair to drag the judiciary into the country's politics this way?" said PM Modi while addressing a campaign rally at Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, reported IANS. Read more here
"Ayodhya matter is in Court, the decision should be given early. It has also been proved that the Temple was there. Supreme Court is not giving priority to the case. Justice delayed is justice denied," said RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at Hunkar Sabha in Nagpur.
The matter is in Court, the decision should be given early. It has also been proved that the Temple was there. Supreme Court is not giving priority to the case. Justice delayed is justice denied: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at Hunkar Sabha in Nagpur. #Maharashtrapic.twitter.com/kF2OK7RE9u
Distribution of land is not acceptable to us, says VHP
The VHP on Sunday said they will not cede an inch of land for anything but a Ram temple and demanded from the Sunni Waqf Board that they withdraw their case over distribution of the disputed land as ordered by the Allahabad High Court, reported IANS. Champat Rai, International Vice President of VHP, told a large gathering of supporters at Ayodhya that the issue is non-negotiable for Hindus. "The distribution of land is not acceptable to us and we want the whole land for Lord Ram," he declared before the 75,000-strong cheering crowds. Read more here
Hordes of activists of both the VHP and the Shiv Sena, who have gathered here from various parts of the country, bear saffron flags and chant 'Jai Shri Ram'. The streets of Ayodhya were filled with Right-wing activists who have poured in from various parts of the county for the VHP grand event on Sunday, even as security has been heightened in the temple town to maintain law and order. Posters of the VHP mega event and Sena proclaiming 'Chalo Ayodhya' compete with each other to grab eyeballs of residents, even as rhetoric takes centre stage in the pilgrim town reported PTI.
"In my opinion, there should be no talks of constructing the temple at the disputed land. We have seen the amount of damage that has been done because of this. We were defamed worldwide for not maintaining peace," said Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP) leader Shivpal Singh Yadav at Lucknow on Sunday. Read more here
Ram temple is not a political issue, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said Sunday and expressed hope that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who is in Ayodhya, would get the blessings of Lord Ram. A senior BJP leader also said that the Sena, which is its ally at the Centre and in Maharashtra, will remain its partner for the Maharashtra Assembly and the Lok Sabha polls due next year. Read more here
The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) on Sunday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention in the Ayodhya situation where thousands of Hindu activists and leaders have gathered for a 'Dharma Sabha'. The letter said construction of a grand Ram temple at the disputed site was not only a threat for the law and order situation of the twin towns of Ayodhya-Faizabad but also for the entire nation. The letter further said any attempt to change the current status quo of the Babri Masjid area it would be in total violation of the various directions and judgments of the Supreme Court. Read more here.
"PM alleges Congress was responsible for the matter not being heard in Supreme Court. I was representing one of the parties, the Congress party. He doesn't know Congress isn't a party in it, nor is BJP. I was representing a stakeholder," says veteran Congress leader Kapil Sibal
He also said, "I have not appeared in Supreme Court between January-November 2018. When matter came up in October, CJI said this is not priority. So, does the PM have the courage to make a statement against judiciary? This only shows PM wants to rake this up for purposes of the election, for making political capital out of it."
PM alleges Congress was responsible for the matter not being heard in SC, I being representing one of the parties, the Congress party. Which also he doesn't know because Congress isn't a party in it, nor is BJP. I was representing a stakeholder: Congress' Kapil Sibal. #RamTemplepic.twitter.com/fZ2wEOrzIa
I've not appeared in SC b/w Jan-Nov'18. When matter came up in October, CJI said this is not priority. So, does PM have courage to make statement against judiciary. This only shows PM wants to rake this up for purposes of election, for making political capital out of it: K Sibal pic.twitter.com/CPuogELJ7e
With thousands of Hindu activists congregating at Ayodhya for the mega 'Dharam Sabha', senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Sunday lashed out at the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling them "anti-Muslim". (Read more here)
Shivpal Yadav meets UP Governor over Ayodhya developments
President of the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) Shivpal Singh Yadav met Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Sunday and expressed his concern over the "large and unlawful" gathering of people in Ayodhya. Emerging out of the meeting, the former state minister said it was a matter of grave concern that despite prohibitory orders, hundreds of thousands of people were allowed and even facilitated by the state government to gather in the temple town. (Read more here)
"The case is in the SC. We should either wait for orders or find consensus. (The) government has a lot of land, it (Ram temple) could be constructed across the Sarayu river. There should be no talks of a temple on a disputed land," Shivpal Yadav, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia, told ANI in Lucknow on Sunday.
The case is in the SC, we should either wait for orders or find consensus. Govt has a lot of land, it (Ram temple) could be constructed across the Sarayu river. There should be no talks of temple on a disputed land: Shivpal Yadav, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia in Lucknow pic.twitter.com/uWQ7XdWqwZ
PM Modi blames Congress for delayed Ram Temple verdict
Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress party of interfering in the Supreme Court's proceedings on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid case. "When their shameless tactics fail, they use the threat of impeachment to bend the judges to their will. This is a dangerous play. The Congress is committing a crime by using impeachment to stop lawful procedures. They are enslaving the country using their power in the Rajya Sabha," PM Modi said. (Read more here)
If the devotees are shouting slogans like "har ghar bhagwa chaayega, Ram rajya phir ayaegaa" or "tel lagao Dabur kaa, naam mitao Babar ka", the excited youngsters in the crowd cannot resist the desire for clicking selfies to capture the excitement and enthusiasm in the air, much to the surprise of elders in the crowd.
We received alert by IB (Intelligence Bureau) a few days back, it was a non-specific alert. Action is being take. People from intelligence agencies under state govt¢re have been deployed there&are monitoring the situation: ADG(law&order) on input by IB of an attack in Ayodhya pic.twitter.com/kWHOHYlZEG
Flower petals were being showered on the Ram devotees moving towards the sabha venue, reported PTI.
The involvement of some Muslims, led by member of Ayodhya Zila Panchayat Babloo Khan, who has been linked to the movement since the past three years, emphasises the composite culture of the town. Khan is of the view that Ayodhya's Muslims want a temple.
Bhajans of Lord Ram are being played at different places all along the route.
The surging crowds from not just neighbouring cities but also from far off places, clad in saffron robes and "safas", were seen moving in groups to Badey Bhaktmaal ki Bagia, the venue of the dharam sabha.
The lanes and by-lanes of Ayodhya have come alive to the loud chants of "Jai Shree Ram" this bright Sunday morning, with devotees from all walks of life descending on the town to take part in VHP's "dharam sabha" to discuss the way forward for the construction of the Ram Temple, reported PTI. (Read more here)
Heavy deployment of CAPF(Central Armed Police Forces), PAC(Provincial Armed Constabulary), ATS(Anti-Terrorism Squad) has been done.Drone cameras being used to assess crowd. 13 parking spots have been designated, 2000 buses from various places have come to Ayodhya: ADG (law&order) pic.twitter.com/iQgKnB2VuT
In a statement, quoted by news agency PTI, VHP regional organisational secretary Bholend said there would be no more congregations and the next stop for them would be the beginning of the temple's construction. "Ab mandir nirman ke liye sabhayein, pradarshan aur dharna ityadi nahin honge, na hi virodhiyon ko samjhaya jayega... seedhe mandir nirman hoga (There would no longer be meetings, processions and protests for Ram temple, opponents will no longer be engaged with... There will only be temple construction)," he added. This is the last time an effort is being made to make the people opposing the temple construction realise the facts, the VHP leader said.
He also said that if all efforts fail, then "war" was the only way.
Ayodhya has been divided into zones. Security scheme has been implemented. Red zone and yellow zone are two main security zones. State govt, state police and administration are committed to uphold the directions by the Supreme Court and High Court: ADG (law and order) Anand Kumar pic.twitter.com/rAfKIfERpe
But many in Ayodhya are miffed over these events, which seek to whip up communal frenzy. Aman Kumar, a stone craftsman, when asked about the current situation surrounding the controversial temple issue, told PTI: "People of Ayodhya, of all communities, have always lived in peace. It is outsiders and politicians with agenda, who come to our town and vitiate the atmosphere."
The streets of Ayodhya are awash with saffron colour as flag-bearing activists camped at 'akharas' moved around in various parts of the city, and held informal gathering.
Mahant Dharamdas, a prominent seer in Ayodhya, told PTI: "The Supreme Court should heed to the sentiments of these people who have arrived in Ayodhaya today, with a pious belief that a Ram temple will be built soon."
Chants of 'Jai Shri Ram' rent the air in the streets and around Saryu River, where the Yogi Adityanath government has also planned to install a 151-metre statue of Lord Ram.
An uneasy calm prevailed in Muslim-dominated areas like Dharam Kanta, and the mega event has triggered some apprehension over the safety of the town's Muslim community, reported PTI.
The VHP has claimed that 300,000 people, including seers, will attend its 'Dharma Sabha' to be held at Bade Bhakt Mal Ki Baghia, not far from the controversial Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas-run workshop, where work for building a temple has been underway since 1990, reported PTI.
Will the VHP rally corner the BJP-led govt into starting construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya?
The spectre of 1992 still haunts many people of both the communities who had directly or indirectly suffered in the violence that had erupted after the Mughal-era mosque was razed by a frenzied army of 'kar sewaks' (Right-wing activists) on the fateful day of December 6. (Read more here)
The congregation is happening less than two weeks ahead of the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the 16th century Babri Mosque, that had triggered unrest in this pilgrim town and riots in other parts of India.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad's 'Dharma Sabha' is being touted as the largest congregation of 'Ram bhakts' in Ayodhya since the 1992 'kar seva', with the Hindu outfit claiming a large number of people will attend it, news agency PTI reported.
The streets of Ayodhya were on Sunday filled with Right-wing activists who have poured in from various parts of the county for a VHP grand event to push for the construction of the Ram Temple.
Thackeray said Hindus are today asking when will the temple be made, while maintaining that his visit to Ayodhya is neither for political purposes nor is there any hidden agenda. "I am only asking (BJP) that when you were campaigning for elections you said all possibilities will be explored under the Constitution... what has been done in four years... when will you explore possibilities," he asked.
Noting that Lok Sabha elections are around the corner and only one session of Parliament remains, Thackeray asked the government to bring an ordinance. "Shiv Sena has been supporting (them) on the issue of Hindutva and will continue to do so. Bring ordinance or a law but construct temple... the emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted," he told reporters.
The Shiv Sena chief, who offered prayers at the Ram Lalla temple, said "days, years and generations are passing by but the temple has not being constructed".
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said the BJP government at the Centre "may not last" if the Ram Temple is not constructed at Ayodhya and demanded that an ordinance be brought in to pave for its way, warning that emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted. The Sena chief said that if the temple is not made perhaps this government will also not last but the temple will definitely be made.
"Everyone's going there due to elections. Who stopped Uddhav Thackeray from going there in past 4-5 years? On one hand, they're friends with BJP and on the other, they want to tell people they're interested in constructing Ram Temple and are pressuring the government. People won't be be fooled," Congress leader M Kharge.
Everyone's going there due to elections.Who stopped Uddhav Thackeray from going there in past 4-5 yrs?On one hand, they're friends with BJP&on the other they want to tell people they're interested in constructing #RamTemple&are pressurising govt.People won't be befooled: M Kharge pic.twitter.com/38rQl7lHX2
BJP MLA Surendra Singh hits out at the Shiv Sena, asks how can the party hijack the Ram Mandir issue? Singh says that people who thrash north Indians and drive them out and who don't even have the "mentality to serve humanity" cannot serve lord Ram.
How can Shiv Sena hijack the #RamMandir issue? The people who thrash north Indians and drive them out, who don’t even have the mentality to serve humanity, how will they serve lord Ram? : BJP MLA Surendra Singh pic.twitter.com/0eWDqUbm4k
Ram Temple Bill to be introduced in next Parliament session: BJP MLA
BJP MP Ravindra Kushwaha on Friday claimed a Bill allowing the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya would be introduced in the coming session of Parliament and the Centre would bring an ordinance in case it falls in the Rajya Sabha. (Read more here)
No scope for ordinance on Ram Temple: Khattar
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said there is no scope for an ordinance on building the Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, while asserting that the temple should be constructed at the birth place of Lord Ram and efforts are on to build a consensus on the issue. (Read more here)
"If the Ram Temple matter will go to the court only, then don't use it during election campaigning. Tell the people that please forgive us, our promise to build the Ram Temple was also an election 'jumla' (gimmick). I have come here to say that don't play with Hindus and their feelings," said Thackeray on Sunday, without naming the ruling BJP government at the Centre.
Agar mamla adalat ke paas hi jana hai to chunav ke prachar ke darmyan usey istemaal na karein aur bata do ki bhaiyo aur behenon hamein maaf karo ye bhi hamara ek chunaavi jumla tha. Hinduon aur unki bhavnaon ke saath khilvaad na karein yahi kehne main yahan aaya hoon: U Thackeray pic.twitter.com/XDTNolvsk7
"I had heard that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said that the Ram Temple existed in the past, exists now and will exist in the future. This is also our belief, our feeling. But we are sad that this is not visible. When will the temple be visible. It should be constructed as soon as possible," said Uddhav Thackeray.
Maine suna tha ki CM Yogi ji ne kaha ki mandir tha, hai aur rahega. Ye to hamari dhaarna hai, hamari bhavna hai. Dukh iss baat ka hai ki wo dikh nahi raha, wo mandir dikhega kab. Jald se jald uska nirmaan hona chahiye: Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief pic.twitter.com/3mjgtSOwHN
"I've no hidden agenda in coming to Ayodhya. I've come to express sentiments of all Indians and Hindus across (the) world. All are waiting for Ram Temple": Uddhav Thackeray
Saints who blessed me y'day,I'd told them that the work which we're about to begin can't be done without their blessings.I've no hidden agenda in coming to Ayodhya.I've come to express sentiments of all Indians&Hindus across world.All are waiting for #RamTemple: Uddhav Thackeray pic.twitter.com/gdnVCvOhoy
If need be, 1992 will be repeated at Ayodhya: BJP lawmaker
Known for controversial remarks, BJP legislator Surendra Singh on Thursday said "if need be, 1992 would be repeated in Ayodhya on November 25". The ruling party legislator from Beria in Ballia district was referring to the demolition of the Babri mosque at the disputed site in the temple town by 'kar sevaks' on December 6, 1992. (Read more here)
Congress never opposed Ram Temple, even Muslims want it now: Raj Babbar
Congress leader Raj Babbar said on Thursday his party was never opposed to the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and he now felt that even the Muslim community wanted it. To a question, he said, "Congress has never opposed construction of Ram temple and will never do so in future as well." (Read more here)
#WATCH Washington DC, USA: MoS MEA VK Singh responds to Akhilesh Yadav's statement 'Army should be brought in Ayodhya if required.' says "Jab jab BJP power mein rahi hai tab tab dange aur dusri cheezein nahi hui hain. Akhilesh ji ko vishwas dilana chahta hoon aaram se baithiye." pic.twitter.com/MzyYCIukD4
Babri mosque demolished in 17 mins, how long will govt take for temple ordinance: Raut
Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut on Friday asked the central government as to how long it would take to bring an ordinance to build the Ram Temple at the site where the Babri mosque was "demolished in 17 minutes by Ram bhakts". (Read more here)
Don't orchestrate, but solve Ayodhya land dispute legally: Mayawati to BJP
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday attacked BJP by saying that its leaders are orchestrating the present action on Ram Temple in Ayodhya through its allies (Shiv Sena) and affiliates (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) in order to divert people's attention from failure in governance ahead of the Assembly and general elections. (Read more here)
SC should deploy Army in Ayodhya: Akhilesh
Ahead of the Dharam Sabha being held in Ayodhya on Sunday to push for the construction of a Ram temple, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has said if required the Army should be deployed in the town. Talking to reporters on Friday, Yadav had said, "The Supreme Court should take notice of the situation in Uttar Pradesh. It should seriously consider the matter and bring in the Army, if required... as the BJP and its allies can go to any extent." (Read more here)
Let people of Ayodhya live in peace, says Muslim litigant
The Muslim litigant in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, Iqbal Ansari, on Saturday said he was satisfied with the security arrangements in Ayodhya ahead of the VHP 'Dharam Sabha', but questioned the intention of the leaders in bringing such large crowds to the town. "They can gherao the (Uttar Pradesh) Vidhan Sabha or Parliament if they want but leave the people of Ayodhya in peace," said Ansari. (Read more here)
There's enough law & order machinery available. I'm quite sure the govt being that of BJP, unlike other parties, will ensure that law and order is maintained: MoS MEA, VK Singh on Akhilesh Yadav's statement that 'Army should be brought in Ayodhya if required.' pic.twitter.com/ct5fPtBw51
AMUSU seeks SC's intervention ahead of VHP's Dharam Sabha
The Aligarh Muslim University Students' Union has sought the Supreme Court's intervention as the VHP is holding a Dharam Sabha for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Sunday, despite the case being sub-judice. The AMUSU at a press conference on Friday evening announced that they were writing to the Chief Justice of India, the Uttar Pradesh governor and the chief minister regarding the threat to law and order in the state in view of the VHP's Dharma Sabha. (Read more here)
Ram in 'exile' in Ayodhya: Sena
In a veiled attack on the BJP over the Ram Temple issue, the Shiv Sena on Saturday said those talking about it had kept Lord Ram in "exile" in Ayodhya, despite being in power at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh. (Read more here)
Senior VHP leaders, including its international vice-president Champat Rai, are camping in the temple town, overseeing arrangements for the 'Dharma Sabha'.
VHP leaders informed IANS that Hindu devotees and Ram temple supporters from around 50 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been mobilised for the show of strength.
More than 100 prominent Hindu seers, including Mahant Ravindra Puri, Mahant Suresh Das of the Digambar Akhada, head of the Ram Janmabhoom Trust Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Jagatguru Ramanadcharya Hansdevacharya from Haridwar, Jagatguru Ramanandacharya Swami Ram Bhadracharya, and Swami Gyananad Giri from Odisha, are part of the religious congregation.
The 'Dharma Sabha' rally is expected to begin at 11 am, reports news agency IANS.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday visited the Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya, reported news agency ANI.
Ayodhya: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray returns to the hotel after visiting the Ram Lalla temple earlier today. pic.twitter.com/Py0I4yPdKd
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday said that there was no dispute as to what should be built at Ayodhya, reiterating his demand that the Centre enact a law for a Ram temple in the Uttar Pradesh town. (Read more here)
"This is not a question to be asked as to what should be built at Ayodhya...the Sangh is committed already for the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya," Bhagwat said in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, after inaugurating the Patanjali Gurukulum.
BJP flays Akhilesh for seeking Army deployment at Ayodhya
The BJP on Saturday slammed former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for demanding the Army be deployed in Ayodhya ahead of the 'Dharma Sabha' organised by the VHP, labelling him "anti-Ram". (Read more here)
Amid mass gatherings being organised by the Shiv Sena, VHP and some Hindu groups in Ayodhya, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue MG Vaidya on Saturday said the central government will wait till January when the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case will come up in the Supreme Court.
"I think the government will wait till the matter comes up in the Supreme Court in January and then it will decide whether to bring in an ordinance or a law in this matter. People in the government can only talk about this, but if they (government) want they can bring in an ordinance like the Shah Bano case," said the nonagenarian RSS ideologue.
Ayodhya DIG Omkar Singh told news agency ANI on Sunday: "We've made all the arrangements for the programme (VHP's Dharma Sansad). We've allotted spaces for parking, bypass is running smoothly and we'll ensure it stays like that. 'Darshan' will be from the usual routes. We'll do everything in an organised way."
We’ve made all the arrangements for the programme (VHP’s dharma sansad). We’ve allotted spaces for parking, bypass is running smoothly & we’ll ensure it stays like that. ‘Darshan’ will be from the usual routes. We’ll do everything in an organized way: DIG Ayodhya, Omkar Singh pic.twitter.com/igqgu5WgCR
Muslims in Ayodhya are "terrified" ahead of the VHP's 'Dharam Sabha', Zafaryab Jilani, a senior member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), said on Saturday. (Read more here)
The Babri mosque in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, was razed to the ground by Hindu activists in 1992. The Supreme Court, which is hearing the title suit, has posted the hearing in the matter for January next year.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Saturday urged all Left parties to commemorate December 6 -- the day the Babri mosque in Ayodhya was demolished -- as "Defend the Constitution and Secularism Day". (Read more here)
"December 6 this year marks the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. In the current situation, it is essential to observe this day in the defence of secularism and democracy," the party said in a statement.
A museum showcasing the history of Ram Janmabhoomi and related subjects will also be constructed.
The CM selected the design, which proposed a bronze statue measuring 151 metres standing on a pedestal of 50 metres and covered under an umbrella hood of another 20 metres, thus totalling 221 metres. The selected design depicts Ram holding a metal bow in his left arm, while holding an arrow in his right arm.
Late last night, Adityanath reviewed statue designs submitted by five different firms regarding the proposed Ram statue in Ayodhya.
At the proposed height of 221 metres, the statue would be the highest in the world and 38 metre taller than the current tallest ‘Statue of Unity’ dedicated to Sardar Patel in Gujarat, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month.
Within a few hours of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray challenging the BJP over the Ram temple, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath cleared the ambitious Lord Ram statue project in Ayodhya. (Read more here)
The Shiv Sena's prime demand is to expedite the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya by promulgating an Ordinance to the effect.
This is Thackeray's first-ever visit to the holy city, though in the past, his father and the founder of the Shiv Sena, the late Bal Thackeray, had travelled to Uttar Pradesh on a couple of occasions.
Party leaders, including Sanjay Raut, Eknath Shinde, Rajan Vichare, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, and others, had been camping in Ayodhya since the past few days to prepare for Thackeray's visit.
Over 4,000 Shiv Sainiks from Maharashtra, besides more from other parts of the country, have preceded Thackeray to Ayodhya since the past couple of days, a party spokesperson said.
For the Ayodhya visit, Thackeray is carrying an urn containing earth from the Shivneri Fort -- the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Pune district of Maharashtra.
Thackeray's Sunday itinerary
On Sunday morning, Thackeray will go for a darshan of Ram Lalla, accompanied by local party leaders, sants and sadhus. He will also interact with the media and later, with the public. However, according to news agency IANS, plans for a public rally had not been finalised as of Saturday. (Read more here)
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, accompanied by his wife Rashmi and son Aditya, embarked on a high-profile visit to Ayodhya on Saturday, aimed at grabbing centre-stage in the demand for constructing the Ram Temple as elections approach.
Thackeray challenges Modi govt
Mandir wahin baneyange, par date nahin batayenge (You say you will make the temple there, but won't tell the date), he said. First say when you will construct the temple, the rest we will talk later, he said in what sounded like a dare to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.
Thackeray said his party will support any legislation or ordinance for the Ram Mandir, which Hindutva organisations want to be constructed at the site where the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992. Day, months, years and generations have passed, the Sena leader said on what he described as his first visit to the town to seek darshan of Ram Lalla.
Thackeray mocks Modi govt over Ram Temple
Arriving in Ayodhya ahead of Sunday's VHP rally for a Ram temple, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray asked the Narendra Modi government to wake up from a Kumbhakarna-like slumber and declare the date for its construction. I have come here to awaken the Kumbhakarana, he said Saturday, indirectly comparing Modi, or his government, to the Ramayana character known for sleeping for months at a stretch. (Read more here)
A high-level meeting was held in Lucknow on Thursday night to review the security arrangements in Ayodhya
Two senior IPS officers -- ADG Ashutosh Pandey and DIG Subhash Singh Baghel -- have been assigned the task to supervise security arrangements in Ayodhya
While Pandey is tasked with the charge of blue and yellow zone of the disputed site, Baghel has been given the task of ensuring the security of red zone
The ADG would also officiate as security in-charge during the Shiv Sena programme and would manage security for VHP's event
What is the 'Dharam Sansad' about?
VHP has announced a 'Dharam Sansad' (religious parliament) seeking a law to facilitate an early construction of Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya. It has claimed to have invited thousands of its members to arrive in Ayodhya to display its support for the temple cause. (Read more here)
The organisers of the 'Dharam Sabha' have claimed that more than 300,000 devotees of Lord Ram were likely to arrive for the programme this Sunday.
Why has the issue cropped up again?
The Supreme Court on November 12 had declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul had said it already listed the appeals before the appropriate Bench in January. As a result, various Right-wing organisations have been trying to pressure the Centre into bringing a law or ordinance for the temple's construction.
What does the VHP want?
A pamphlet recently released by the VHP raises the pitch for the Ram Temple's construction. It reads "Saugandh Ram ki khaate hai, hum mandir bhavya banayenge (We pledge in the name of Lord Ram that we will build a grand temple for him)" and urges devotees to be a part of the movement.
Security has been tightened in Ayodhya ahead of the separate events of Shiv Sena and VHP being organised in the city today over the matter of #RamTemple. pic.twitter.com/7pHNcrEl2w
When contacted, Ayodhya mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay told PTI that adequate security arrangements were made by the police and district administration in the town, located 120 km from state capital, Lucknow. "As many as 13 parking slots have been provided for the event. No permission was given to the Shiv Sena by the government to hold a rally," the mayor said.
UP Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh had ordered deployment of five Superintendent of Police (SP) rank officers in Ayodhya along with 15 additional SPs and 19 deputy SPs. Ayodhya has been divided into eight zones and 16 sectors headed by a magistrate and an ASP and DSP rank police officers.
According to sources, 48 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) had been sent to Ayodhya apart from RAF companies. Around 10 companies of PAC and other security agencies are permanently posted for year-round security atf the disputed site, trifurcated into blue, yellow and red zones.
Almost 70,000 security personnel have been deployed under multiple-tiered security arrangement in Ayodhya. The state government has been mandated to ensure security in Ayodhya according to Supreme Court guidelines. The UP government has deployed anti-terror squads, special police and paramilitary personnel, including Rapid Action Force (RAF) and drone cameras to monitor the crowd in real time. (Read more here)
A day before the Dharam Sabha called by the Vishva Hindu Parishad, Ayodhya was virtually turned into fortress with multiple layers of security and deployment of drones to keep an eye on possible mischief-mongers.