Ahead of the Ram mandir bhoomi pujan ceremony set for August 5, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stated that the occasion was one of national unity and fraternity. Senior party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, according to the Hindustan Times, read out a statement by Priyanka on Tuesday. She said she hoped that the bhoomi pujan event becomes an occasion of national unity, fraternity and cultural congregation, spreading the message and blessings of Lord Rama all across. “Simplicity, courage, restraint, sacrifice, commitment are the essence of the name Deenbandhu Rama. Ram is with everyone, Ram is with everyone,” Surjewala read out Gandhi’s statement.
The BJP had yesterday lashed out at the Congress, saying the party did not want a Ram temple to materialise in Ayodhya. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
asked the opposition party to introspect, saying the construction of the temple should have started soon after the Independence. "But when the power becomes more important for people than the country, they play with the emotions of the public for their political games; divide society on caste, creed and religion," he said, adding that the Congress did not want the dispute to end.
"Even a leader of the opposition party had filed a petition in the apex court contending the issue should not be resolved before the 2019 elections," the chief minister claimed.
The chief minister also termed November 9, 2019 as a historic day when the Supreme Court paved a way for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. He claimed that now pseudo-secularism and politics of caste, creed and religion has ended for always.