Ayodhya Live Updates: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) Sharam Sabha commenced in Ayodhya on Sunday afternoon with its international general secretary Champat Rai declaring that no formula dividing the disputed land will be acceptable and that they want entire 2.77 acre of plot for Ram Mandir. Addressing the Sabha after the inauguration marked by chanting of mantras and lighting of lamp, Rai said, “We want the entire land for temple construction…no formula dividing the land is acceptable.” Rai’s assertions are seen in reference to the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 verdict dividing the land into three parts. The court had ruled by a majority verdict that the land be divided equally into three parts among Hindus and Muslims and that the place where the makeshift temple of Lord Ram exists belongs to Hindus.
The VHP is holding Dharam Sabha to press on the Modi government to take ordinance route for the Ram Mandir. The outfit has claimed that around 3 lakh devotees have arrived in Ayodhya to participate in the event. Earlier today, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray along with his family visited Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya to offer prayers. In his address to the media, Thackeray took a dig at BJP saying it may not stay in power if Ram Mandir is not constructed. Without taking the name of BJP, he said that parties chant Ram Ram before elections but resort to ‘aaram’ (rest) after. He said that Hindus across the world want a grand temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya and he has come here express his support the same. When asked about the agenda of his visit, he replied, “I have no hidden agenda in coming to Ayodhya. I have come to express sentiments of all Indians and Hindus across world. All are waiting for Ram Temple.”