Amid the Bharatiya Janata Party’s critiques, Congressman Shahsi Tharoor stood by his party’s action not to accept the invitation to Ram Mandir’s consecration ritual on January 22. Prominent members of the Congress party, including Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, declined the invitation to the January 22 Ram Temple inauguration, referring to it as a “BJP-RSS” function. There are many members of the party who practice different faiths, and they are welcome to do so. It is perfectly acceptable for the Hindu members of the party to pray Ram Lalla.
However, the party believed that going to a political event for an unfinished temple was inappropriate because construction on the magnificent Ayodhya Temple is still going on. The Pran Pratishtha ceremony’s timing seems to have been planned with the ruling party’s (BJP) political interests in mind. If we take part, it will turn into a political decision rather than merely a personal one, and people must understand this as well, Tharoor informed reporters. Let the Lok Sabha elections end and let the temple be completed. Tharoor continued, and I am going to visit Kashi Vishwanath as well. As a believer, there is nothing wrong with going there for prayers.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP said there was absolutely nothing incorrect with Hindus recognizing the dedication of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The New India Express cited Tharoor as saying that the Congress party had chosen not to participate because our presence at the venue should send out a different message. In a post earlier today at social media site X, Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi mentioned a 1999 speech she gave at the Ramakrishna Mission, where she emphasized the role Hindu liberal ideas had in shaping India’s secular identity.
The Congress leader’s action was taken the day after the BJP attacked the traditional party, saying it revealed the party’s innate hostility to Hinduism and India’s culture when it refused to send its three top leaders an invitation to attend the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The Congress working committee member stated his opinion that Swami Vivekanand’s teachings are extremely relevant and impactful for the modern era in a post on social media platform X, to which he attached Gandhi’s speech outlining Vivekananda’s views on Hinduism.
When the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government was in office, Sonia Gandhi voiced her concern and sadness in a speech on January 12, 1999, regarding the way that some segments of society had appropriated Swami Vivekananda, who was fond of India’s pluralistic and composite heritage. In his post, Tharoor stated that the Indian National Congress’s (INC) long-standing and firmly held beliefs are why the party is associated with Hindu liberalism, rather than a reaction to recent events.