Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday reacted to the ongoing negotiations in the Ayodhya land dispute case said that the state government had no role in it. The deputy CM said that efforts were being made to find a friendly solution to the land dispute through talks but the government would not interfere in these negotiations, The Indian Express reported. While speaking to the media in Meerut, Maurya said that the government at the Centre and in the state would accept the Supreme Court’s decision on the Ayodhya dispute. He also sought to distance the Yogi Adityanath government from Ram Rajya Rath Yatra, and said the state government did not have any role in it. He, however, did ask people to greet the procession.
What it is ‘Ram Rajya Rath Yatra’?
The Ram Rajya Rath Yatra was flagged off on Tuesday from Ayodhya. The first of its kind ‘Rath Yatra’ had reached Varanasi on the following day. The Yatra is aimed at seeking support for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The ‘Rath’ is a modified mini truck, which will travel from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu- passing six states. It includes Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is a 41-day yatra and will travel around 6000 km and reach its final destination on March 25. The yatra is believed to be tracing the route taken by Lord Ram during his 14-year exile.
Back in 1990, BJP leader LK Advani had also taken a Rath Yatra from Somnath, Gujarat to Ayodhya, to garner support for the ‘Ram Mandir’ movement. The yatra had crossed several states.
The biggest row of the Ram Mandir agitation of the 1990s was the demolition of the Babri Mosque by kar sevaks in 1992 which triggered a series of riots at several places across India.