Monday, August 8, 2022

Mandir-Masjid politics continues as India awaits mega mandir, Owaisi raises Babri bogey

The Bhoomi Pujan ceremony of the Ram Temple is to be conducted today. PM Modi has already reached Ayodhya by chopper, and has alighted being received by the UP CM, among others.  Many other political figures such as Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, BJP Vice-President Uma Bharti, and Governor Anandiben Patel, among others, have arrived at the Ram Janmabhoomi site, for the ceremony.

All across the country, political leaders and bodies have reacted to the Ram Janmabhoomi celebrations.

Asaduddin Owaisi, a Member of Parliament, took to Twitter, and said that the location was, is, and would always be a mosque. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board spoke out heavily against the ceremony, and called it a “usurpation of land”. According to news agency reports he has also called it the defeat of democracy, and said, “India is a secular country. Prime Minister has violated the oath of the office by laying the foundation stone of Ram Mandir. This is the day of the defeat of democracy and secularism and success of Hindutva.”

At the same time, Mamata Banerjee, and Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Ministers of Delhi and Bengal respectively, put out messages appreciating the pujan, and calling for unity. Kejriwal hopes that Lord Ram would bless the country, and alleviate our problems so that we may “give direction to the world”. Banerjee, spoke, saying that Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, are all one and the same, and called for unity.

At the same time, political leaders like former Deputy Prime Minister, LK Advani, spoke in favor of the temple, saying “Sometimes, significant dreams in one’s life take a long time to fruition, but when they are finally realised, the wait becomes very worthwhile. One such dream close to my heart is getting fulfilled,”. He called the construction of the temple a dream come true. 

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