Prime Minister Narendra Modi has actively engaged with ministers to assess the preparations for the upcoming grand consecration ceremony at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
In a noteworthy move, government employees are set to receive a half-day leave on January 22 to enable them to witness the live telecast of this historic event. Union Minister Jitendra Singh has officially confirmed this decision, with a corresponding notification issued by the government.
Sources reveal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought feedback from ministers, emphasizing the significance of the grand event. Ministers have been encouraged to illuminate their homes with lamps and engage in acts of charity, reminiscent of Diwali celebrations.
In a unique gesture, ministers have been tasked with organizing trips to Ayodhya for the residents of their constituencies once the temple opens to the public post the January 22 ceremony. Their responsibilities include overseeing preparations and personally accompanying constituents on these excursions.
Ayodhya, believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, is currently buzzing with fervent preparations for the pran pratishta ceremony, a momentous occasion set to be attended by Prime Minister Modi. Notably, various public figures, including actors and cricketers, have received invitations for the program.
In a contrasting stance, opposition leaders, particularly those affiliated with the INDIA bloc, have announced their decision to abstain from the event. The Main Opposition Congress has labeled the BJP’s involvement in the Ayodhya temple as a “political project.” While expressing respect for the sentiments associated with Lord Ram, Congress leaders have made it clear that they will not be participating in the event.
Other opposition figures, such as Sharad Pawar and Arvind Kejriwal, have similarly declared their intention to stay away, each citing their own reasons for this decision. The divergent positions among political leaders add a layer of complexity to the socio-political landscape surrounding the highly anticipated ceremony.