Opposition on edge over ‘Bhumi Pujan’ at Ayodhya

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27

The Bhumi Pujan ceremony in Ayodhya on August 5 for the development of Ram temple has put the opposition events on the Centre on edge.

Their apprehension is that the ceremony per se, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi participating in it can give a political mileage to the BJP and its fraternal constituents of the ‘Sangh Parivar’. 

The Ram temple has through the years emerged as an important political matrix and a flashpoint during which political events of all hues have a string view, both which manner. 

Meanwhile, modality for the proposed ceremony has pushed a deep wedge between Shiv Sena, which was as soon as a strident face of Hindutva, and different constituents of the ‘Saffron camp’.


Shiv Sena is a part of the Opposition camp after it joined arms with National Conference and the Congress to kind authorities in Maharashtra and breaking its age-old alliance with the BJP.

Sri Ram Temple Teerath Kshetra Trust and others have out rightly dismissed Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s suggestion, final week, that the ceremony be performed nearly (by way of video convention) in view of the Covid pandemic.

Thackeray’s suggestion has ruffled feathers among the many votaries of the Ram temple development, particularly because it was on the heels of National Conference chief Sharad Pawar’s jibe that focus presently must be to struggle the Covid than development of a temple.

Sources within the know concerning the developments referring to temple development, mentioned that the variations between Shiv Sena and constituents of Sangh Parivar have run deep and might be troublesome to abridge, particularly after Thackeray’s stand on the Bhumi Pujan ceremony.

There is heart-burn towards Thackeray-led authorities additionally on alleged tardy progress within the investigation of lynching to dying of two seers at Palghar.

VHP working president Alok Kumar on Monday mentioned: “We are concerned at the statement of Uddhav Thackeray suggesting that the Bhumi Pujan should be performed via video-conferencing.”

“The statement of Uddhav Thackeray only shows his blind opposition and we do mourn such a fall of what once was a Hindutava party lead by the legendary Bala Sahab Thackeray.”

“Bhumi Pujan is an essential and sacred ritual. Before starting any construction work we worship the Mother Earth, seek her permission to dig and construct structures and obtain her blessings for the mission which cannot be done through video-conference,” Kumar added.

Meanwhile, CPI parliamentary group chief Binoy Viswam on Monday wrote a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar asking to not permit use of the nationwide broadcaster, Doordarshan, to broadcast the spiritual operate at Ayodhya on August 5.

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