A day after renaming Faizabad as Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath gave a further push to BJP’s Hindutva agenda by confirming that the grand statue of Lord Ram will be built in the holy city, on Wednesday. The preparation for it is on its final stage.
After the Vallabh Bhai Patel statue, the talks of the Lord Ram’s statue have been on board now for a while and it was expected that the UP Chief Minister may make on the announcement on the eve of Diwali.
However, the announcement did not come as the government was busy in process of finalizing the project.
After the 3-day-long ‘Deepotsav’ celebration in Ayodhya, Adityanath visited Ram janmbhoomi, the birth place of Lord Ram, at the disputed site and also offered prayer at Hanumangarhi temple.
While speaking about his visit, on the issue of constructing a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Yogi stated that ‘there was a temple, there is a temple and there will always be one at this site’.
The Uttar Pradesh CM has also added that the devotees have demanded a makeover to Ram Lalla and the state government is working on this also.
People come to Ayodhya for ‘darshan’ (viewing), ‘smaran’ (remembering) of Lord Ram and the statue will fulfill that purpose, said Yogi on Wednesday in Ayodhya. Yogi said that the recognition of Ayodhya is from Shri Ram.
When he was asked about his views on the construction of Ram Temple, he said, “We believe in the Constitutional system and we will do everything within the Constitutional limits.”
Adityanath also reportedly inspected a probable location near Saryu river for a planned statue of Lord Ram.
According to a renowned news agency report, Faizabad BJP president Awadhesh Pandey said that one of the probable sites for the statute is a patch of land between the Ram Ghat Halt and railway bridge on Saryu.
Earlier, Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay had said that a proposal for the 151-meter tall statue, standing on a 50 meter pedestal on the banks of the Saryu river was before the government.
The crying for Ram Temple has grown after the apex court deferred the Ram Janmbhoomi (Ayodhya) hearings till January 2019. Earlier, the demand was limited from Hindu organizations such as RSS and VHP, but now even some of the BJP leaders have started putting pressure to bring an ordinance to construct Ram Temple in Ayodhya.