Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, arrived in Ayodhya today morning offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed Ram Janmbhoomi – the controversial Babri Masjid site.
CM Yogi stayed at the site for nearly 10 minutes, where he was welcomed with chants of ‘Jai Sri Ram’ by devotees who flocked to the Hanuman Garhi temple in large numbers.
This visit comes a day after Senior BJP leaders like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti were charged by a Lucknow court with conspiracy to demolish the 16th century Babri mosque in 1992.
Centre-ruling party, BJP said while defending its leaders, “they (accused) are innocent and will come out unscathed”.
Nearly two-and-a-half month back, the Supreme Court had suggested an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya dispute with Chief Justice of India JS Khehar who took charge for mediating and terminating the issue.
The Chief Minister is all likely to visit the makeshift Ram Lalla temple at the disputed Babri Masjid site.
The controversial Babri mosque was pulled down by right wing volunteers in December 1992.
A large number of people gathered at the site and said aloud in unison these three words ‘Mandir Wahi Banaange’ (temple will be constructed at the same site).
“It is a historic moment for Ayodhya to witness a CM dressed in saffron clothes performing prayer at Hanuman Garhi temple,” said Sanjay Kumar, a local resident.
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A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court summoned senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for questioning purposes.
The chief minister will also attend the week-long birth celebrations of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.
The minister is expected to address party workers who will return to Lucknow today evening.