New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti, among those invited to attend the bhoomi pujan event of the Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on August 5, on Monday announced that she won’t attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the temple. Also Read - Ayodhya 'Bhoomi Pujan': Only COVID Negative And 'Young' Cops to be Deployed For PM Modi's Security

The reason, she said, was that since hearing that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and several leaders of the Uttar Pradesh BJP have tested positive for coronavirus, she was worried about the health of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will attend the ceremony. Also Read - 3D Images of Lord Ram, Ayodhya Temple Model To Be Displayed At New York's Times Square On August 5 to Celebrate Bhoomi Pujan

However, she added that she will travel to Ayodhya and, during the muhurat of the ceremony, spend her time on the banks of river Saryu, which passes through the temple town. Also Read - Ahead of Ayodhya Bhoomi Pujan, Priest, 16 Cops Test COVID Positive

In a series of tweets in Hindi today, she said, “Since yesterday, when I heard that Mr. Amit Shah and several leaders of the UP BJP are coronavirus positive, I’ve been extremely worried about the health of all those who will attend the foundation stone laying ceremony in Ayodhya, especially for Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.

The former Madhya Pradesh CM added that she had hence informed officials of the Ram Janmabhoomi Trust that during the muhurat of the foundation stone laying ceremony, she will spend her time on the banks of river Saryu.

“I will leave Bhopal today. By the time I reach Ayodhya tomorrow evening, I might come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person. In such a situation, when PM Modi and hundreds of people are present, I will stay away from the place so that they don’t get infected. Once everyone has left, then only I will come to see Ramlala”, she posted in a subsequent tweet.

Finally, she tweeted that she had requested senior officials of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to remove her name from the list of attendees.

Also, last week, a total of 17 people connected with the event-a priest and 16 policemen-had tested positive for coronavirus.