PM in Ayodhya: After saying no, Uma Bharti attends Ram Temple groundbreaking
A day after stating that she will not attend the Ram Temple groundbreaking event in Ayodhya due to COVID-19 concerns, senior BJP leader Uma Bharti backtracked on Wednesday.
“I am bound by the dignity of Maryada Purshottam Lord Ram. I have been told by a senior Ram Janmabhoomi officer to remain present at the site of groundbreaking… So, I will attend the event,” the leader said in a tweet.
She later reached Ayodhya and was greeted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Earlier Bharti also said she would attend the event only after it was over. She said she was worried after Home Minister Amit Shah and other top leaders tested positive for COVID-19.
“When I heard about Amit Shah and other BJP leaders testing positive I was worried about those attending the Ayodhya event, especially PM Modi,” the former union minister had tweeted.
“Ayodhya ne sabhi ko ek kar diya hai… Ab yeh desh poori duniya mein apna matha uncha utha kar kahega ki yahan koi bhed-bhav nahi hai (Ayodhya has united everyone. Now this country can say with pride that there’s no discrimination here),” Uma Bharti was quoted as saying by a news agency.
Modi in Ayodhya
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the groundbreaking event. Among others, it includes installation of a 40 kg silver brick as the foundation stone.
Apart from Modi, Bharti and Adityanath, other VIPs to attend the event include Mohan Bhagwat, RSS head and Iqbal Ansari. The latter was a litigant in the temple-mosque dispute. He was the first one to be sent an invite.
Last-minute invite for Advani, Joshi
Party veterans LK Advani got a last-minute invite for the event and will attend it through video-conference amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Advani led the Ram temple movement in the 1990s and media was abuzz with the news of him not getting an invite.
The Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, that is to build the temple also issued a last-minute invite to Murli Manohar Joshi, another prominent face of the Ram Temple movement.
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