In a bizarre incident, 16 policemen and a priest associated with the preparations for the Ram temple groundbreaking ceremony have tested positive for coronavirus. The Ram temple groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled on August 5.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 50 other VIPs are expected to take part in the event.
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust said Pradeep Das, the assistant to the chief priest, has tested COVID-19 positive. This apart, 16 policemen who were engaged in security duties at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex have also tested positive.
Groundbreaking ceremony to be held as scheduled
Despite this development, the groundbreaking ceremony is going to be held as per schedule. However, strict safety measures have been put in place to maintain the safety of attendees.
Notably, around 200 people are expected to remain present at the event. The figure includes priests, security personnel, guests, and some local attendees.
Elaborate preparations for August 5 event
Elaborate preparations have been made for the grand event. A helipad has been created for the prime minister 3 km away from the temple. The road leading to the temple has been widened. Wall paintings depicting the life of Lord Ram have been put up along the road.
Also, giant screens have been erected across Ayodhya. As a result, people will be able to watch the ceremony without having to rush to the temple site.
Senior BJP, RSS leaders invited
Senior BJP leaders who played a crucial role in the Ram temple movement have been invited, the trust informed. The list of invitees includes LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar, MM Joshi, and Sadhvi Ritambhara.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has been also invited for the ceremony.
Asaduddin Owaisi opposes PM’s presence at the event
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will violate the constitutional oath if he attends the foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Owaisi said PM’s visit will result in a “violation of the constitutional oath” taken by the PM while assuming office if he attends the August 5 event.
Similarly, a left leader has written a letter to the Centre requesting not to do a live telecast of the groundbreaking ceremony. The left leader has called it a violation of the accepted norms of national integrity.
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