Former Bihar Chief Minister and leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Lalu Yadav, turned down an invitation to the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony on January 22 in Ayodhya.
The opposition leader, who is 75 years old, is the most recent to turn down an invitation to participate in the ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Chief Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also declared earlier today that he would not be attending the event and that he would instead visit the temple at a later time. Pawar wrote down, After the Ram Mandir ritual of the given date, I will openly take out the opportunity to come for a glimpse and by then the building work of Ram temple will also be completed,” in a letter to Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Champat Rai, General Secretary.
Chief Akhilesh of the Samajwadi Party (SP) had earlier declared that he and his family would visit the temple following the inauguration ceremony.
Leader of the Trinamool Congress and chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, announced that she will host a “Sarva Dharma” rally on January 22. In addition, the Congress declared that its leaders would not be attending the function, claiming that the BSP and RSS had converted it from a religious program into a political one. The opposition leaders have been singled out by the saffron party for turning down the invitation, branding them as “anti-Ram” groups. With over 7,000 people anticipated to attend the grand opening, including politicians, businesspeople, saints, and famous people from across the nation, Ayodhya has been in full preparation for the Pran Pratistha event. As the chief guest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present. In addition, the consecration ceremony will be attended by close to a hundred representatives from various nations.
In Ayodhya, the seven-day prelude to the celebration will begin on Tuesday. The sculpture of Ram Lalla, created by Arun Yogiraj, an artist centered in Mysuru, has been chosen for installation.
Lalu Parsad Yadav, the leader of the RJD and a former chief minister of Bihar, stated on Wednesday that it takes time to come to a consensus on seat-sharing inside the opposition INDIA bloc. He also refuted reports that he was at odds with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and President of the Janata Dal- United. The allies of INDIA are still unable to agree on seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha elections of 2024, despite multiple rounds of talks. When Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar turned down the chance to lead the Indian National Developmental All-inclusive Alliance, the conflict only grew more intense.