Ayodhya: With Yogi Adityanath visiting Ayodhya today for the grand Diwali celebrations, speculations are rife that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister may announce the installation of a 151-metre statue of Lord Ram as a gift to the people on the festival.Also Read - Azamgarh: Will Samajwadi Party Be Able to Withhold Its Decade-long Castle This Time?
Last week, Adityanath had said that he would be going to Ayodhya with some ‘good news’. Soon after, UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey said that the chief minister, being a saint, must have made some strategy for the holy city. Also Read - Zee Opinion Poll Projects BJP to Win 7 Seats in UP’s Bareilly And SP Just 2 Seats | Details Here
Times of India quoted sources saying that CM Yogi is likely to visit some places in Ayodhya to zero in on the spot where the statue could come up. Earlier, Ayodhya district administration had finalised a site near Ram Katha museum but the land is disputed. Also Read - #ZeeOpinionPoll For Rohilkhand (UP): BJP Likely To Win 19-21 Seats, SP Predicted to Grab 1-7 Seats
The report further said that the chief minister may also announce renaming of the Faizabad-Ayodhya as ‘Sri Ayodhya’ on Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s demand.
Earlier this month, CM Yogi had asserted that the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will start very soon. “Light a ‘diya’ (earhern lamp) for Lord Ram this time, work there will start very soon. We have to take this up after Diwali,” the UP CM said.
The anticipation of the ‘good news’ by the chief minister is seen as a major Hindutva push by the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
However, the proposed move of constructing a 151-metre Lord Ram statue on a 51-metre pedestal is unlikely to pacify the rising demand for a law to begin construction of Ram temple at the disputed land.
The Supreme Court’s last month’s decision of postponing the hearing on the title dispute till January next year irked many Hindu groups, which had hoped for a day-to-day hearing in their quest to build a Ram temple on the site where the Babri Masjid once stood and was destroyed on December 6, 1994.
Mahant Satyendra Das, head priest of Ram Janmabhoomi, told India Today that BJP must come up with a law for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya otherwise crores of Hindus will teach the party a “lesson” in the upcoming elections.
Das threatened to commit suicide if the Centre does not make an announcement on Ayodhya by December 10.
As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
Soon after the top court’s direction, chorus of demands from within the BJP and various Sangh Parivar outfits that the Centre come up with an Ordinance or legislation in the Winter Session of Parliament for early construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls without waiting for the apex court verdict.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the SC deferring the hearing on the sensitive issue, CM Yogi had on October 30 said that justice delayed can be justice denied.
“The matter pertaining to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi is before the Supreme Court. Justice delivered timely is considered to be the best justice. Delay in justice sometimes amounts to injustice,” he said.
At the same time, the tweet appealed to the seers demanding early construction of a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya to exercise patience.
He said they should be partners in all meaningful efforts towards evolving a solution to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi issue.
The 151-metre proposed statue on a 51 metre pedestal will effectively take make it 202-metre long, taking its height over and above the world’s highest ‘Statue of Unity’ – the 181-metre-long Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s figurine – unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31.