UP CM Yogi Adityanath to visit makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wed

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By
May 30, 2017 11:25 AM IST

Adityanath’s visit to the temple comes in the backdrop of saffron party leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi being summoned to a special CBI court in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Yogi Adityanath will visit the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya on Wednesday in his first trip to the temple town after assuming the office of the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a function in Moradabad on Sunday.(PTI)
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a function in Moradabad on Sunday.(PTI)

Much significance is being attached to chief minister’s visit in the backdrop of the shifting focus on the Ayodhya issue with a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court summoning senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and others for framing of charges for allegedly conspiring to demolish the 16th-century Babri Masjid.

Saffron party leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and nine others will be present in the Lucknow court on Tuesday when charges will be framed under section 120(b) of the Indian Penal Code.

Hundreds of Hindu zealots scaled the disputed Babri Masjid in 1992 and knocked it down, triggering a cycle of communal violence that claimed more than 3,000 lives. The controversial razing was the culmination of a festering dispute between Muslims and many Hindus, who believe the Mughal emperor Babur razed a temple at the site believed to be the birthplace of Hindu god, Ram. The demolition also buoyed the BJP to power in Uttar Pradesh and in other Hindi heartland states.

Adityanath’s visit comes nearly two and a half months after the Supreme Court’s suggestion that the Ayodhya dispute be resolved amicably with Chief Justice of India JS Khehar offering to mediate to help resolve the matter.

The chief minister will also attend the week-long birth celebrations of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and meet seers in the town. The Nyas is a trust dedicated to promoting and overseeing the construction of the temple in Ayodhya.

“Yes, the chief minister will attend Mahant Nritya Gopal Das’ birth celebrations here,” Vishwa Hindu Parishad spokesperson Sharad Sharma told the Hindustan Times on phone.

Led by Adityanath, the BJP government took charge in the state after the recent assembly election. After the installation of the first BJP government in the state in 1991, CM Kalyan Singh had also led his ministry for a ‘darshan’ of Ram Lala at the disputed site.

After landing at Faizabad on Wednesday, the Adityanath will reach the Hanuman Garhi Temple and later go for a ‘darshan’ of Ram Lala. He will also visit the ‘Ram Ki Pairi’ at the Saryu and will interact with BJP workers and office bearers at Awadh University.

The chief minister will also review development projects with the officers there. Adityanath will visit the Digambar Akhara and Deen Bandhu Eye Hospital as well.

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    Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decade experience. He covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all assembly and parliament elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.

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