Ahead of Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Ayodhya for Diwali celebrations on November 6, there is buzz around the “good news” that the Uttar Pradesh chief minister has promised, as several statements appear to signal the build-up of a narrative by the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on the Ram temple issue.
Yogi Adityanath will visit Ayodhya for the Deepotsav celebrations there on Diwali eve.
“CM Yogi Adityanath is a saint. He has prepared a plan for Ayodhya. He will give good news to the people regarding temple on Diwali. Yogi will disclose his plan during visit to the temple town during the Deepotsav celebration,” state BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey said on Friday.
Pandey’s comment came hours after RSS spokesperson Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the organisation was ready to carry out a campaign similar to the rath yatra of 1990. After the Supreme Court turned down requests for an early hearing in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute and posted the hearing for the first week of January, the RSS has said the government should bring in a law and acquire the land to facilitate the construction of the temple.
Yogi too has called for an early resolution to the Ayodhya dispute a few days ago. “If justice is given in time, it is appreciated as fair but when delayed it is equivalent to injustice,” he said on Wednesday.
A senior BJP leader said along with announcing the launch of various development projects (museum, art gallery, airport dedicated to Ram in Ayodhya), Adityanath will convince the people about his commitment to building the Ram temple.
He is also likely to announce the construction of the grand statue of Ram on the bank of River Saryu. The state government plans to build the 100-metre tall statue at a cost of Rs 330 crore. It will be installed on a 36-metre high pedestal near the bank of the river, he said.
Addressing a meeting in Gorakhpur on October 31, Adityanath had said he will go with good news to Ayodhya.
State deputy CM KP Maurya said, “Ayodhya Ram temple matter is sub-judice before SC, we can’t do anything about it, but no one is stopping us from erecting a grand statue of ‘Ram Lalla’ in Ayodhya. If someone stops us we’ll see…No one can stop us from developing Ayodhya.”
A political observer RK Mishra said the right-wing groups and sadhus were building pressure for construction of the temple by bringing an ordinance or an executive order. The BJP government now had little option but to accede to their demands, he said.
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) chief Swami Narendra Giri said Adityanath was likely to intimate the top leadership about the sentiments of the saints and set a deadline for construction of the temple during his visit to Ayodhya on November 6.