Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone the Ayodhya Ram Mandir in a grand ceremony amidst the pandemic scare.

This marks the culmination BJP’s long standing promise to its electorate. The event, incidently, coincided with the 1st anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 by the Centre.

PM invoked “Jai Siya Ram” in his speech and told the gathering that a grand temple will now be built for “Ram Lalla”.

Many people made sacrifices for the Ram temple. I pay my respects to all of them. Ram is everywhere, Ram belongs to all. Despite efforts to eradicate Lord Ram’s existence, he lives in our hearts and is the basis of our culture. Social harmony was the core principle of Lord Ram’s governance. The construction of the Ram temple is an instrument to unite the country

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

PM also released the postage stamp to commemorate the event.

Some key members of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, including former deputy prime minister L K Advani were not present at the venue. The organisers of the event invited only 175 people in view of COVID-19.

PM was joined by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust head Nritya Gopal Das during the havan.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi however politicised the event and added that the prime minister’s participation at the bhoomi pujan went against the Constitution, and marked the victory of majoritariansim.

Last November, the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of the Ram temple at the site where the 16th century Babri mosque was demolished in December 1992.

While allotting the Ram Janmabhoomi site for a temple to be built by a trust, it ordered that a five-acre site should be found elsewhere in Ayodhya for a new mosque.

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