Ayodhya, Nov 25: Ayodhya is a fortress ahead of the 'Dharma Sabha' organised on Sunday by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) where prominent Hindu seers were likely to spell out their stand and strategy for construction of a grand Ram temple.The Uttar Pradesh administration has taken over the town. The massive rally is expected to begin at at 11 a.m.Although, there is heavy security deployment, many were violating the prohibitory orders in place with hundreds of thousands of Ram Lalla followers converging to the temple town, police said. There are 48 companies of the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) and 15 companies of para-military forces deployed on all major roads and intersections.
Here are the live updates:
Everyone's going there due to elections.Who stopped Uddhav Thackeray from going there in past 4-5 yrs?On one hand, they're friends with BJP&on the other they want to tell people they're interested in constructing Ram Temple & are pressurising govt.People won't be befooled: M Kharge
-Saints who blessed me yesterday, I'd told them that the work which we're about to begin can't be done without their blessings. I've no hidden agenda in coming to Ayodhya. I've come to express sentiments of all Indians&Hindus across world. All are waiting for Ram Temple: Uddhav Thackeray
-Shiv Sena has been supporting (them) on the issue of Hindutva and will continue to do so. Bring ordinance or a law but construct temple ...the emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted," he told reporters here. "I am only asking (BJP) that when you were campaigning for elections you said all possibilities will be explored under the Constitution ...what has been done in four years ..when will you explore possibilities," he asked.
-There's enough law & order machinery available. I'm quite sure the govt being that of BJP, unlike other parties, will ensure that law and order is maintained: MoS MEA, VK Singh on Akhilesh Yadav's statement that 'Army should be brought in Ayodhya if required.'
-Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray returns to the hotel after visiting the Ram Lalla temple earlier today.
-In a bid to garner support for the construction of a Ram Temple here, the BJP's youth wing has come out with "Ram Dhun", a one-minute devotional song, which can be downloaded as a ringtone to mobile phones by devotees. Abhijat Mishra, the national general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, said, "Lord Ram is the identity of India, and he had made India a true global superpower. A grand Ram temple in Ayodhya will restore India's glorious history."
-We’ve made all the arrangements for the programme (VHP’s dharma sansad). We’ve allotted spaces for parking, bypass is running smoothly & we’ll ensure it stays like that. ‘Darshan’ will be from the usual routes. We’ll do everything in an organized way: DIG Ayodhya, Omkar Singh
-Security has been tightened in Ayodhya ahead of the separate events of Shiv Sena and VHP being organised in the city today over the matter of Ram Temple
Picture source: ANI