Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya is headed for a tense weekend with two major events to push for the construction of Ram temple scheduled on Saturday and Sunday.
First off the block will be the Shiv Sena, whose chief Uddhav Thackeray will be in Ayodhya today for a two-day visit.
Security has been heightened in the town ahead of the two religious gatherings. The Sena chief will offer prayers at the Ram janmabhoomi, participate in the aarti by the Sarayu river and will speak to saints and people there. He is carrying a pot full of soil from the Shivneri fort in Pune, which will be handed over to the mahant or priest at the janmabhoomi.
The Shiv Sena’s political presence in Uttar Pradesh is negligible. Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who is in Ayodhya, raised brows when he said, “We demolished the Babri masjid in 17 minutes, how much time does it take to draw up papers? If you talk about an ordinance, then from the President’s House Rashtrapati Bhavan to Uttar Pradesh, it is BJP all the way. What else do you want?”
The bigger event in Ayodhya though is a “dharma sansad” being organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday. The organisation says it will be the biggest congregation of saints and supporters of the Ram temple since 1992 when the Babri Masjid was razed. The agenda is to discuss the way forward for the construction of the Ram temple, the right wing organisation said.
The VHP has been mobilising support for its big event through bike rallies and processions across UP in the last few days.