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77 days of ‘hawans’ to celebrate Mulayam’s birthday in Ayodhya

In the communally-sensitive Ayodhya where right wing organisations continue to rake up the Ram temple issue, the Samajwadi Party’s local unit has been conducting daily ‘hawans’ and special all-community prayers to mark their party chief’s birthday.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2016 14:58 IST
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In the communally-sensitive Ayodhya where right wing organisations continue to rake up the Ram temple issue, the Samajwadi Party’s local unit has been conducting daily ‘hawans’ and special all-community prayers to mark their party chief’s birthday.

Party members have been holding the hawans from November 22 onwards, the day Mulayam Singh Yadav turned 77, to pray for his well-being while also attempting to foster communal harmony.

The prayers will conclude on February 6 and will be attended by top party leaders, including MP Dharmendra Yadav, Speaker of UP Legislative Assembly Mata Prasad Pandey, state forest minister Tej Narayan Pandey and a dozen other SP leaders. A plantation drive of 770 plants is also in the process to mark Yadav’s birthday.

Programme organizer and local SP leader Asheesh Pandey, said the ‘hawans’ are performed at different temples each day along with prayers at different mosques, temples, gurudwaras and churches to foster communal harmony. They are followed by weekly community feasts, blood donation camps, health checkup camps and distribution of blankets and warm clothes to the inmates of gurukuls, madarsas and orphanages.

“SP workers consider Mulayam Singh as a great proponent and protector of peace and secularism. This is the reason why instead of organising grand parties, we chose to celebrate netaji’s birthday by praying for his longevity and well-being. In the 77-day long programme, we have been distributing food and warm cloths to people of all the communities,” he said.

Pandey said on the concluding day of the programme, party workers would also felicitate seven people from various communities for their contribution to society. “These seven people who are the symbol of social harmony will be honoured with the ‘Mulayam Singh Samman’,” he said.