Yogi Adityanath visits Ayodhya for first time as CM, offers prayers at makeshift Ram temple

Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple on his first visit to the town after taking charge.

 Yogi Adityanath visits Ayodhya for first time as CM, offers prayers at makeshift Ram temple

File image of Yogi Adityanath. PTI

The visit assumes significance as it comes a day after criminal conspiracy charges were framed against top BJP leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case.

The Uttar Pradesh chief minister, who arrived in Ayodhya on Wednesday, spent around 30 minutes at the makeshift temple in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid complex. He later offered prayers on the banks of the Saryu River.

Adityanath began his visit by offering prayers at the Hanumangarhi Temple in Ayodhya. He was accompanied by Dharam Das, against whom conspiracy charges were framed on Tuesday along with the other BJP  leaders.

A special CBI court in Lucknow had on Tuesday framed charges against BJP veterans  LK Advani, MM Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and nine others in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case.

Before Advani reached the court, Adityanath had met him at the VVIP guest house in Lucknow.

The Supreme Court had ordered restoration of the conspiracy charge against them on 19 April. All six were granted bail by CBI special judge SK Yadav on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each after rejecting the CBI's opposition to their bail plea.

The apex court had, while restoring the charge of criminal conspiracy, directed clubbing of two cases relating to the demolition. The court had also ordered that the trial be concluded in two years.
The CBI had charge sheeted 21 people in the case.

Many of them, including Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and the VHP's Acharya Giriraj Kishore, Ashok Singhal, Paramhans Ram Chandra Das and Mahant Avaidhynath, have since died.

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Updated Date: May 31, 2017 18:20:12 IST