The first invitation card for the ground-breaking ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya was received by Iqbal Ansari. Iqbal Ansari was one of the litigants in the Ayodhya land dispute case.
He said he will attend the ceremony on August 5 and will also gift Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘Ram nami’ stole and a copy of the Ramcharitmanas.
“I believe it was Lord Ram`s wish that I receive the first invitation. I accept it. Hindus and Muslims live in harmony in Ayodhya. The temple`s land is being worshipped and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming for the event to Ayodhya,” Ansari said.
Ayodhya will become more beautiful, says Ansari
“When the temple will be built, the fate of Ayodhya will also change. Ayodhya will become more beautiful and employment opportunities for the local population will come up as pilgrims from across the world will visit the town in the future,” he added.
Ansari further said that people of Ayodhya follow the Ganga-Jamuni civilisation and there is no ill-feeling amongst anyone.
“The world rests on hope. I had said earlier that if there is a religious programme and if they call me, then I will go. There are Gods and Goddesses of every religion and every sect in Ayodhya. It is a land of saints and we are happy that the Ram temple is being built,” he said.
Padma Shri Mohammad Sharif also invited
Apart from Ansari, Padma Shri Mohammed Sharif has been also invited.
Sharif was honoured with the Padma Shri for cremating over 10,000 unclaimed bodies.
5 VIPs including PM to remain on stage
The grand event will see the presence of PM Modi, along with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on the stage. As per the invitation card, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will remain present at the event. Mahant Nritya Gopaldas will be also there on stage.
According to a temple trust official, invites have been sent to 175 people.
LK Advani, MM Joshi to virtually join
Meanwhile, BJP veterans LK Advani and MM Joshi, who spearheaded the Ram temple movement, are not going to remain physically present at the ceremony. They are likely to join the event through video conferencing.
The Supreme Court had in November last year ruled in the favour of a temple after a prolonged battle in the Babri Masjid dispute case.
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