Ayodhya LIVE Updates: Left parties to observe December 6 as ‘Defend Constitution and Secularism Day’

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New Delhi | Updated:Nov 26, 2018 3:45:38 pm

Ayodhya LIVE Updates: Amid raging talks over taking the ordinance route to begin the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, prominent seer Swamy Bhadracharya has announced that the saint community will announce future plans after December 11.

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Ayodhya LIVE Updates: CPI(M) leader leader Sitaram Yechury has attacked the BJP over the current situation in Ayodhya. In his remark, Yechury said that the BJP is inciting religious sentiments in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to earn votes. “BJP and its partners ahead of the next year’s general elections are inciting the religious sentiments, creating Hindu-Muslim and ethnic divisions,” he said, adding that his party will defeat BJP’s divisive politics and set up a secular state. His remark comes in the midst of raging talks over taking the ordinance route to begin the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. Prominent seer Swamy Bhadracharya, who on Sunday attended VHP’s Dharam Sabha, announced that the saint community will announce future plans after December 11, the day Winter Session of the Parliament begins. Many seers are of the view that the government should be given a last opportunity on the issue. On Sunday, the VHP organised a Dharam Sabha in Ayodhya that was attended by top saints and over 1 lakh right-wing supporters.

The VHP declared that it will not accept any formula to divide the 2.77-acre land and wants entire plot for the construction of temple. Besides, the outfit demanded that the Muslim litigants should withdraw the case from the Supreme Court and pave way for an early construction of the Ram temple. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also addressed the VHP’s hunkar rally in Nagpur where he said that it has been proved that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya where Babri Masjid once stood. He also demanded from the government bring an ordinance to start the construction of Ram Mandir in the temple town.

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15:45 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya LIVE Updates: Shiv Sena rakes up demonetisation to attack PM Modi

"Did demonetisation not happen despite opposition from the Congress? Did you not form government in Jammu and Kashmir with (People's Democratic Party chief) Mehbooba Mufti despite hurdles from the Congress? Then what is the hurdle in (construction of) Ram temple?" Shiv Sena asked. Contrary to the BJP's claims, it is not the Congress, but a "lack of political will" that is the biggest hurdle in the temple's construction, claimed the Sena, which is an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and in Maharashtra. "What is (Congress chief) Rahul Gandhi's importance? What strength does the Congress have? Then why give it so much importance? If you play politics on temple while keeping the gun on the Congress' shoulders, you will disappear. Ram temple was not Congress', but BJP's promise," it said.

15:20 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya LIVE Updates: VHP to hold gatherings in every Lok Sabha constituency till Dec 6

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international working president Alok Kumar has said the outfit will hold gatherings in every Lok Sabha constituency till December 6 to garner support for building a Ram temple at Ayodhya. The VHP will "order" the MPs to support a law for the construction ofRam temple, he said at a rally here.

14:49 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya LIVE Updates: Shiv Sena hits out at PM Narendra Modi

The Shiv Sena has charged that "lack of political will" was delaying construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should stop doing "political nautanki" (drama) over the issue while keeping a gun on shoulders of the Congress. Taking potshots at Modi for his "56-inch chest" remark made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it said the Congress did not have the courage to build the Ram Temple, so it was thrown out of power, and a man with a "56-inch chest" was given the keys to the administration. "Yet, if you see the Congress in water, on land and in air, people will once again have to measure your chest size. If Ram continues to stay in 'vanvaas' (exile) then stop your political 'nautanki'," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

14:03 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ramdas Athawale says no mandir, no masjid, build institute or something else

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has said that the disputed land in Ayodhya should not be used for a temple or mosque but something else should be constructed there. “I would rather suggest there should be no mandir or no masjid constructed… An institute or some other project should be thought of to build… which will not hurt anyone’s feelings," Athawale, whose Republican Party of India (A) is an ally of the BJP, said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

13:30 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: VHP warns against testing patience of Hindus

VHP's international vice-president Champat Rai said that Hindus will not accept anyone offering namaz at the 2.77-acre land. Warning that no one should test the patience of the Hindus, he said, “Hindus are battling the matter for the past 490 years.” He said that the Dharam Sabha has to be called after every 25 years because some intellectuals thought that on December 6, 1992 curtains came down on the contentious issue. “The fire has not been extinguished, it continues to simmer inside our hearts,” he said.

13:01 (IST)26 Nov 2018
CPI-M to observe Dec 6 as day to defend Constitution, secularism

The Communist Party of India-Marxist has urged all left parties to commemorate December 6, the day the Babri Masjid was demolished, as 'Defend the Constitution and Secularism Day'. "December 6 this year marks the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. In the current situation, it is essential to observe this day in the defence of secularism and democracy," the party said in a statement. The Babri Masjid was razed to the ground in 1992.

12:34 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Modi, BJP anti-Muslim: Azam Khan

Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Sunday lashed out at the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling them 'anti-Muslim'. His remark comes in the backdrop of thousands of Hindu activists and Ram Lalla followers congregating to Ayodhya for VHP's mega 'Dharam Sabha'. Azam Khan said: 'If Modi wanted Muslims to migrate out of India, he should also let them know the way to do it, and they would go.' CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

12:02 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Sitaram Yechury says BJP inciting religious sentiments

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that BJP is trying to incite religious sentiments to earn votes ahead of the 2019 election. "Clearly what's being done is in the run-up to 2019 election, communal polarization is being sharpened to consolidate Hindutva communal vote bank. This is worst vote bank politics that country has seen." He added that Constitution and current law of the land can’t be subverted in name of faith. "Government must take adequate precautions to ensure the situation doesn’t develop like in 1992 when darkest blotch in modern India's democracy was the demolition of Babri Masjid."

11:38 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram mandir: Muslim body seeks President's intervention

The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention in the Ayodhya situation. The letter comes on a day when the VHP organised a mega event of Hindu activists and leader to spell out their strategy for construction of a Ram Mandir. The AIMMM said that such a congregation was not only a threat for the law and order situation of the twin towns of Ayodhya-Faizabad but also for the entire nation.

11:07 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram mandir: 'PM Modi may hold meeting to discuss Ram mandir issue'

Jagadguru Ram Bhadracharya of Chitrakoot claimed that a Union minister had told him PM Narendra Modi may hold a meeting to discuss the Ram temple matter after December 11, the day Winter Session begins. “I am sure Modiji will not cheat us and the ordinance route may be opted for,” he said. The Chitrakoot seer added that once the temple is constructed, India will become a “ghoshit Hindu raashtra (declared Hindu nation)”.

10:49 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Alok Kumar asks government to enact law

VHP's international working president Alok Kumar demanded from the BJP government to enact a law. "It can always do that despite what the Supreme Court says, like it did in case of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Previous governments have done it too, in cases like Shah Bano and Indira Gandhi’s indictment by the Allahabad High Court.” He also announced a plan to organise rallies in all Lok Sabha constituencies across the country to press for a law to build Ram Mandir.

10:32 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Mohan Bhagwat talks tough, says time for patience was over

Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said that the time for patience was over. At VHP's Nagpur event, he said that about one year ago, he had said 'dhairya rakho' (have patience). 'Today I say let’s create public awareness, andolan nirnayak ho. We have to take up the task of organising whole Hindu society for it.” Bhagwat also called upon the BJP governent to think about how it can bring a law to build the temple and urged the society to put pressure for this. “Sometimes, such pressure can lend strength to the government,” he said.

10:07 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Muslim litigant Iqbal Ansari thanks UP govt for good arrangements

Muslim litigant Iqbal Ansari has thanked the Uttar Pradesh government for making good arrangements in Ayodhya for VHP's mega event. His praise for the BJP government is important because he had earlier expressed fear at the growing crowds in the town for VHP's Dharam Sabha. On Sunday, around 1 lakh VHP supporters had gathered in Ayodhya to participate in the event.

09:38 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Uma Bharti appreciates Uddhav Thackeray

Firebrand BJP leader Uma Bharti said that she appreciates Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for his effort. She said, “BJP doesn't have a patent on Ram Mandir, Lord Ram is of all. I appeal to everyone including SP, BSP, Akali Dal, Owaisi, Azam Khan etc to come forward and support the construction of the temple.”

09:25 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya: Saints to announce future plans after December 11

According to a report in news agency IANS, prominent seer Swamy Bhadracharya has made an announcement that future plans of the saint community with regard to the construction of Ram mandir will be announced after December 11.

09:19 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya: VHP wants entire 2.77-acre land for Ram Mandir

At its Dharma Sabha organised in Ayodhya on Sunday, the VHP declared that it will not cede an inch of land for anything but a Ram Mandir. The VHP has even demanded from the Sunni Waqf Board to withdrar their case to pave the way for construction of Ram Mandir.

08:58 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya: Mohan Bhagwat says SC not giving priority to Ram Mandir case

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday addressed the VHP's event in Nagpur where he made a strong pitch for the Ram mandir in Ayodhya. He said that the  matter is in Supreme Court, the decision should be given early. 'It has also been proved that the Temple was there. Supreme Court is not giving priority to the case. Justice delayed is justice denied.'

08:42 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya: Yogi government to set up 221-metre tall statue of Lord Ram

Uttar PradeshChief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cleared the decks for the construction of a 221-metre tall statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.  According to government's release, the statue will be made of bronze and height of statue will be 151 metres. Its overhead umbrella will be 20 metres and pedestal will be 50 metres. Also, there will be a provision for a modern museum inside the base of the statue. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

08:34 (IST)26 Nov 2018
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: What PM Modi said

Addressing an election in Alwar, Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Congress was adopting delaying tactics in the Supreme Court to create hurdles in Ram temple construction. He said that Congress sends senior lawyers of Supreme Court to Rajya Sabha, 'where we do not have majority...where the numbers are different'. 'That's why Congress had adopted a new tactic,' he said. Without naming Kapil Sibal, he noted that when the case of Ayodhya was going on in the court, a Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member was telling the Supreme Court not to hear the case till 2019, because there are several elections till then,' Modi said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Ayodhya: VHP supporters participate in Dharam Sabha’ on SundayVHP's International vice-president Champat Rai said that the Ayodhya issue is non-negotiable for Hindus. While addressing the gathering on Sunday, he said that the distribution of land is not acceptable and VHP wants the whole land for Lord Ram. He also pointed out that the Hindus will not accept offering of Namaaz by Muslims at anywhere on the 2.77-acre of land. The event was organised just a few days before the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992.
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