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WATCH | Senior Congress Leader Disagrees With High Command’s Decision On Ram Mandir Invite

Talking about the decision of the party's high command on declining the invitation, the Congress leader said, "It is an inappropriate decision."

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Jan 12, 2024 18:43 IST
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Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijaya Singh’s brother and Congress leader Lakshman Singh is against the decision of the party high command to decline the invitation to the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of Ram Mandir saying it is an inappropriate decision.

Congress contributed…

Singh told ANI, “Former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi got the locks of the temple opened and the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Vir Bahadur Singh talked about building Ram Temple. Unfortunately, Vir Bahadur Singh left the post and Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated so the issue kept pending. After that the saints across the country continued the movement, intellectuals and others joined it.”

And BJP committed

“Those who fought (in the Ram Temple movement) will obviously make the decision (regarding Pran Pratishtha). They have made the decision. As far as the invitation is concerned, what is the meaning of declining it? What message are we sending across? When Rajiv Gandhi got it unlocked, who are you (Congress high command) to decline it? If our leadership keeps such advisors, the results would be the same as have come so far…The damage is done, it will be visible in the elections,” he added.

When asked about Congress MP Digvijaya Singh’s statement on Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha, his brother said, “Digvijaya Singh is ‘gyanni mahapurush’ and knows much more than me. I can’t speak about him.”

“Everyone should go (to Ayodhya), we will go there every year. Our devotion lies in Lord Ram,” he added.

An inappropriate decision…

Further talking about the decision of the party’s high command on declining the invitation, the Congress leader said, “It is an inappropriate decision.” Earlier, on Wednesday, the Congress turned down the invitation to the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony, calling it a ‘BJP/RSS event”.

Senior Congress leaders–Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury–‘ declined’ the invitation to the ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony of Lord Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on January 22.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh alleged that the grand event is “clearly a Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh event.”

Also read: ‘Haven’t Received Any Invite; Show Me The Courier Receipt,’ Akhilesh Yadav On Ayodhya Pran-Pratishtha Invitation

Preparations are underway in full swing for the Ram Temple ‘Pran Pratishtha’ on January 22, which will draw dignitaries and people from all walks of life. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has decided to enthrone Ram Lalla at the sanctum-sanctorum of the Ram Temple at noon on January 22. Vedic rituals for the Pran-Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya will begin on January 16, a week before the main ceremony.

(Source – ANI)

First published on: Jan 12, 2024 06:43 PM IST

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