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Ram Temple: No Ayodhya invitation for Advani

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Veteran BJP Leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have so far not been invited to the ground-breaking ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Former Union Minister Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh have however been extended an invitation. 

  

Media quoted both leaders as saying that they will attend the event.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been invited and will attend the event on August 5.

Advani had last week appeared before a special CBI court in Lucknow via video link in connection with the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

Joshi, Advani and Bharti are some of the accused in the case.

LK Advani & the Babri Masjid Demolition

Advani led the movement to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the site of the Babri Masjid in the 1990s. 

A mob pulled down the 16th Century mosque on December 6, 1992.

Advani, Joshi, Bharti and Singh are accused of making inflammatory speeches from the dais of the mosque motivating the razing of the structure.

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Others who are not invited.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is among the prominent faces who have not been invited for the ceremony so far.

Shiv Sena, a long-term ally of the BJP, was also a big supporter of the Ram Temple movement.

Thackeray had earlier demanded an invitation saying his party had given blood and sweat for the temple.

He later also criticised the gathering of people in large numbers at the event and said it could be conducted via video-link given COVID-19 pandemic.

BJP’s ally in Bihar Nitish Kumar has also not been invited so far.

But he will likely get an invite. 

Kumar’s JD(U) enjoys the support of Muslims in Bihar and so it is not known if a formal invitation will be extended or not.

Ayodhya readies for celebrations

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the VIP guest like has been restricted to 50 people. 

In all, 200 people are expected to be at the event. 

The highlight of the event will be the installation of a 40 kg silver brick as the foundation. 

This will be set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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