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Politics Surrounding Ram Mandir Inauguration Ceremony
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of playing politics on the Ram Mandir issue. Pawar expressed that he has not received an invitation for the ‘Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav’ for Ram Lalla in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya to be held on January 22.
Accusations and Responses
Pawar stated, “Don’t know if it (BJP) is using the issue for political or commercial purposes. We are happy that the temple is coming up for which many have contributed.” He noted that he hasn’t been invited to the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple and mentioned, “I visit two-three places of faith that I don’t speak about in public. It’s a private matter.”
Contradicting Reports on Invitation
Reports have emerged regarding the invitation being extended to Pawar-led NCP’s ally Shiv Sena (UBT) faction. Some claim former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray has received an invite, while others deny it. However, Shiv Sena (UBT) has said it does not need an invitation to visit Ayodhya for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony.
Decision of Other Political Parties
Some INDIA bloc parties, including the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India, have made it clear that they will not attend the event. TMC and its chief Mamata Banerjee are also likely to skip the ceremony.
The Ram temple will be inaugurated on January 22, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and more than 6,000 people expected to attend the Pran Pratistha, or the consecration ceremony of the Ram Lalla idol.
Ahead of the January 22 consecration ceremony, PM Modi is scheduled to hold a roadshow and address a public meeting after inaugurating an airport in the temple town of Ayodhya on December 30.
The controversy surrounding the Ram Mandir inauguration ceremony highlights the intersection of religion, politics, and public sentiment in India. As the event approaches, the political dynamics and implications continue to unfold.