In the countdown to the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Lalla at the Ayodhya temple, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is caught in the political web, having received an informal letter urging him to reserve his dates for the ceremony.
However, the anticipated formal invitation, complete with details, is yet to make its way to Kejriwal, according to sources within his party.
With only a few weeks left until the grand ceremony, the political landscape surrounding the event has taken an intriguing turn. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to attend the installation of the idol on January 22, the Congress party has chosen to distance itself from the ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony, terming it an affair of the BJP and RSS.
Senior Congress leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, have officially declined the invitation. In a statement issued by the party’s general secretary Jairam Ramesh, it was emphasized that the inauguration, orchestrated by the BJP and RSS, is perceived as a political maneuver rather than a religious event.
“Lord Ram is worshipped by millions in our country. Religion is a personal matter. But the RSS and BJP have long made a political project of the temple in Ayodhya. The inauguration of the incomplete temple by the leaders of the BJP and the RSS has been obviously brought forward for electoral gain.
While abiding by the 2019 Supreme Court judgment and honouring the sentiments of millions who revere Lord Ram, Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury have respectfully declined the invitation to what is clearly an RSS and BJP event,” the statement elucidated.
As the political chessboard continues to unfold, Arvind Kejriwal’s awaited formal invitation adds an additional layer of intrigue to the unfolding narrative. Stay tuned for further updates on the Ram Mandir Inauguration and its entwined political dimensions.