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Ayodhya tense ahead of ‘Dharma Sabha’

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Ayodhya: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, his wife Rashmi Thackeray and son Aditya Thackeray during a programme at Lakshman Kila in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, on Nov 24, 2018. (Photo: IANS) by .
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, his wife Rashmi Thackeray and son Aditya Thackeray during a programme at Lakshman Kila in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, on Nov 24, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

More than 100 prominent Hindu seers, including Mahant Ravindra Puri, Mahant Suresh Das of the Digambar Akhada, head of the Ram Janmabhoom Trust Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Jagatguru Ramanadcharya Hansdevacharya from Haridwar, Jagatguru Ramanandacharya Swami Ram Bhadracharya, Swami Gyananad Giri from Odisha were part of the religious congregation….reports Asian Lite News

Ayodhya: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, his wife Rashmi Thackeray and son Aditya Thackeray during a programme at Lakshman Kila in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, on Nov 24, 2018. (Photo: IANS) by .
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, his wife Rashmi Thackeray and son Aditya Thackeray during a programme at Lakshman Kila in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, on Nov 24, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Ayodhya is a fortress ahead of the ‘Dharma Sabha’ organised on Sunday by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) where prominent Hindu seers were likely to spell out their stand and strategy for construction of a grand Ram temple.

The Uttar Pradesh administration has taken over the town. The massive rally is expected to begin at at 11 a.m India Time.

Although, there is heavy security deployment, many were violating the prohibitory orders in place with hundreds of thousands of Ram Lalla followers converging to the temple town, police said.

There are 48 companies of the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) and 15 companies of para-military forces deployed on all major roads and intersections.

Barriers have been put up on busy thoroughfares to ensure that crowd control is easy in case of any untoward incident.

Close circuit cameras have been installed at more than 150 places in the twon along with drone-mounted ones hovering over the streets to keep an eagle eye on the surging crowds.

Allahabad: Shiv Sena workers leave for Ayodhya from Allahabad to join party chief Uddhav Thackeray who is scheduled to visit the city on Saturday and Sunday; on Nov 23, 2018. (Photo: IANS) by .
Shiv Sena workers leave for Ayodhya from Allahabad to join party chief Uddhav Thackeray who is scheduled to visit the city on Saturday and Sunday; on Nov 23, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

More than 100 prominent Hindu seers, including Mahant Ravindra Puri, Mahant Suresh Das of the Digambar Akhada, head of the Ram Janmabhoom Trust Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Jagatguru Ramanadcharya Hansdevacharya from Haridwar, Jagatguru Ramanandacharya Swami Ram Bhadracharya, Swami Gyananad Giri from Odisha were part of the religious congregation.

VHP leaders informed IANS that Hindu devotees and Ram temple supporters from around 50 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been mobilised for the show of strength.

Senior VHP leaders including its international vice-president Champat Rai are camping in the temple town, overseeing arrangements for the ‘Dharma Sabha’.

The administration, however, said that the number of devotees coming to pay obeisance to Ram Lalla has dropped in the past few days, apparently because of security concerns and the tension ahead of the rally.

On Saturday, 17,680 people visited Ram Lalla, a number which on Friday was 49,112.

COMMENT: Are they targeting Jama Masjid?

 by . BY TAHA COBURN-KUTAY

The damning statement by Sakshi Maharaj about razing the Jama Masjid in Delhi where he has claims idols will be found under the stairs couldn’t come at a more turbulent time. Now that Kar Sevaks and Shiv Sena cadres have reached Ayodhya to start construction of the Ram Temple is to up the ante on the rhetoric of the Hindu vote for the upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.

The statement of Yogi Aditya Nath, CM of Uttar Pradesh, “ keep your Ali, we’ve Bajrang Bali” is to stir the Hindutva sentiment across the region to push for votes in favour of the BJP.

The international community has to understand that this polarisation will effect our children and generations to come not just in India but our countries of residence around the world. The harmony of India is in danger which until we the international community do not raise the voice cannot be saved. We need to drive the narrative for all religions that India is a secular nation and meant for everyone not just one religion. We need to educate every Indian that the days of divide and rule are over and even the British weren’t able to accomplish their desires through this mode in the pre-partition India.

In the end they accepted defeat and left India. In the same way we have to be the flag bearers to drive home the message that politics of religion will not work and the common man has more strength to defeat the nefarious plans of the few. We are a nation of very intelligent and smart people, this is what needs to be displayed by doing the right thing and not succumb to the few who want to saffronise the whole country.