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Seers warn of countrywide stir if Ram temple is not built by 2019

Reminding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of its pre-poll promises, saints and seers from across the country warned the Centre and state governments to construct the Ram temple by 2019 or be ready to face a countrywide movement on the issue.

lucknow Updated: Sep 11, 2017 16:08 IST
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“The entire saint community as well as Hindus want early construction of the temple. No excuse will be accepted as Modi government is at the Centre while Yogi Adityanath is at the helm of affairs in the state.”
“The entire saint community as well as Hindus want early construction of the temple. No excuse will be accepted as Modi government is at the Centre while Yogi Adityanath is at the helm of affairs in the state.”

Reminding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of its pre-poll promises, saints and seers from across the country warned the Centre and Uttar Pradesh governments to construct the Ram temple by 2019 or be ready to face a countrywide movement on the issue.

The demand was raised on the concluding day of a weeklong tribute programme held in memory of Mahant Digvijaynath and Mahant Avaidyanath at Gorakhnath temple, on Sunday that was attended by hundreds of saints from all over the country. The temple is observing 48th death anniversary of Mahant Digvijaynath and 3rd death anniversary of Mahant Avaidyanath, former temple heads and public representatives.

Addressing the gathering Mahant Suresh Das of Digambar Akhara, Ayodhya, said, “The entire saint community as well as Hindus want early construction of the temple. No excuse will be accepted as Modi government is at the Centre while Yogi Adityanath is at the helm of affairs in the state. Now, construction of the Ram temple is moral responsibility of the BJP.” The hall echoed with Jai Shri Ram as Das gave his ultimatum.

Incidentally, CM Yogi Adityanath, who had also arrived to attend the programme, was not present on stage when Mahant Suresh Das made this comment as he had gone to receive Governor Ram Naik.

Earlier CM Yogi Adityanath, who paid tributes to the two saints, recalled the role of Mahant Avaidyanath and Digvijaynath in promoting sanatan Hindu dharma and their role in development of Gorakshpeeth. The chief minister said that Gorakshpeeth temple had witnessed attacks by foreign rulers but its pride and glory was restored by Mahant Digvijaynath and the legacy was carried forward by Mahant Avaidyanath.

“Gorakshpeeth has a historic relation with Ram janam bhoomi. While Mahant Digvijaynath played a crucial role in the temple movement in 1949 (by placing the idol of Lord Ram inside Babri mosque), saints and seers gave Mahant Avaidyanath the key responsibility to lead the Ram janam bhoomi movement.”

The CM assured people that Gorakshpeeth will continue promoting and safeguarding Hinduism by following the values and ideal of the two mahants.

Governor Ram Naik, who was the chief guest, hailed the role of Gorakshpeeth in promoting sanatan Hindu dharma and added that it was his pleasure to be a part of tribute programme of two saints.“Fortunately, country’s biggest state is led by a saint—Yogi— who is trying make UP into Sarvottam Pradesh (best state).

Caption: CM Yogi Adityanath honouring governor Ram Naik on the concluding day of a weeklong tribute programme held in memory of of Mahant Digvijaynath and Avaidyanath at Gorakhnath temple on Sunday.