Ayodhya news LIVE updates: The Congress creates an atmosphere of fear for the judiciary when the court hears the Ayodhya issue. They do everything possible to impeach the Chief Justice. How can such things be accepted,' Modi said in his rally in Rajasthan's Alwar on Sunday.
Ayodhya news LATEST updates: Maharashtra: The Congress creates an atmosphere of fear for the judiciary when the court hears the Ayodhya issue. They do everything possible to impeach the Chief Justice. How can such things be accepted," Modi said in his rally in Rajasthan's Alwar on Sunday.
Ram temple is not a political issue, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday expressed hope that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who is in Ayodhya, would get the blessings of Lord Ram. "The construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is not a political issue. Shri Ram is the deity for entire India, Thackeray would get his blessings too," Fadnavis told reporters at Karad in Maharashtra's Satara district.
Mahant Soordas was stopped by the UP Police near the Chhavni when he tried going to the disputed site with a brick with 'Shree Ram' written on it.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat will address VHP's 'hunkar rally'* in Nagpur over the matter of Ram Temple later today. Meanwhile, the Dharm Sabha in Ayodhya put the blame of delay in construction of the Ram temple on the Supreme Court instead of BJP. Dharma Sabha's stance ans shifting of blame indicates that next elections may be fought on the idea of Hindutva.
Hindu seers at the VHP conglomeration 'Dharma Sabha'. Image courtesy: Saurabh Sharma/101 Reporters
Founder of Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), Shivpal Yadav, met the Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik over the Ram Mandir issue and asked him to suspend the UP government if it fails to maintain communal harmony in the state, News18 reported.
A VHP banner saying 'Yachana nahi ab rann hoga' has become a centre of attraction at the 'Dharma Sabha' venue The organizers are reportedly miffed with the banner and are reprimanding the banner holders to remove the banner from the dais. Meanwhile, saints have done lamp-lightning for the event to begin.
Uddhav Thackeray in a press conference on Sunday asked the BJP govt at Centre to bring an ordinance on the Ram Mandir and said that Shiv Sena will support the govt on all Hindutva agendas. "Ab Hindu maat nahin khaaega, chup nahin rahega....Mandir yahin banega, zaroor banega lekin kab," Uddhav asked. He said that the government should stop playing with Hindu's emotions and not make the Ram temple issue into another of its 'chunavi jumla'.
The Shiv Sena chief is on the second day of his Ayodhya visit today. He visited the Ram Mandir site earlier on Sunday to pray along with his son Aditya Thackeray.
According to CNN-News18, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally is backed by the BJP government. Posters and banners of lawmakers have come up in and around the meeting area. However, the rally is expected to be largely peaceful. The Chhavni, where the stones are kept for the temple construction is also jam packed and people here are saying that they are waiting for the orders from Dharm Sabha and they will start the construction
The UP Police has said that around five lakh people are expected while more than one lakh people have already arrived in Ayodhya from different parts of the country. The entire town has been turned into a fortress as there is police deployment and barricading is seen in abundance and no vehicle is allowed in the temple town.
Devotees bathed in Sarayu before going to the 'dharma sabha' venue. The Saryu river bank saw almost 50,000 people on Sunday, the local police said.
Ayodhya turned into a virtual fortress with multiple layers of security and deployment of drones as people began arriving for Sunday's 'Dharam Sabha', being organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the 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 on Saturday, indirectly comparing Modi, or his government, to the Ramayana character known for sleeping for months at a stretch. “Today's Kumbhakarna has been sleeping for the past four years," he said.
The Sena leader is also urging the government to bring legislation – or an ordinance – for building the temple on the disputed site in Ayodhya, but he has not linked his own two-day visit to VHP event.
The VHP claimed three lakh people, including seers, will attend its public meeting, which has triggered some apprehension over the safety of the town's Muslim community. Samajwadi Party and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said the Army should be deployed in Ayodhya, if needed, to maintain law and order. All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Zafaryab Jilani said Muslims in Ayodhya are “terrified” ahead of the VHP meeting. No untoward incident was reported Saturday and the police assured that strict security arrangements are in place.
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. “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.
He said bringing a law on the temple's construction may have been difficult during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's term as it was a coalition government then. But the current government is strong, and the BJP is in power both at the Centre and in the state. “Bring an ordinance or law, the Shiv Sena will support it,” he said.
The Sena chief said he did not want to take the credit for the temple's construction, and others were free to do so. "But how many years should we wait for the temple?” "Ram temple is a matter concerning faith and the government needs to bring a law before the court verdict,” he said, referring to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land case before the Supreme Court. The apex court has said it will set the dates for the future course of hearings only in January.
Thackeray recalled former prime minister Vajpayee as saying, 'Ab Hindu maat nahi khayega (Hindus will not be defeated now), and added, "Hindus will not sit silently." "There is no political motive behind my visit to Ayodhya,” he claimed. The Sena chief was greeted with slogans of "Jai Shri Ram" when he arrived in Ayodhya with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya.
Mahant Nrityagopal Das, the chairman of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, was among those who welcomed Thackeray at Lakshman Qila, where the Sena leader made the remarks. A drone monitored the event. Thackeray went to the banks of the Saryu river in the evening to offer prayers. The Sena claimed to have brought several thousand supporters to Ayodhya for Thackeray's events.
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has slammed the BJP and the Shiv Sena, saying they are raking up the Ram temple issue ahead of the Lok Sabha polls to divert attention from their failures. “Had their intentions been good they needn't have waited for five years. It's their political tactic, nothing else,” she said in a statement.
With inputs from agencies