Ayodhya row: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath says the issue must be settled amicably; subtly touches Ram Setu issue

As UP CM Yogi Adityanath got on his visit to Ayodhya on Wednesday—a second in the last four months after assuming charge.

Published: 26th July 2017 06:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2017 06:55 PM   |  A+A-

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (File | EPS)

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LUCKNOW: As UP CM Yogi Adityanath got on his visit to Ayodhya on Wednesday—a second in the last four months after assuming charge—yet again the Ram temple issue dominated the political discourse of UP. The CM exhorted all the stakeholders of the temple dispute to resolve the issue with mutual consent and dialogues, keeping in mind the suggestions of the Supreme Court of India.

“The temple issue should be resolved amicably and peacefully through mutual consent and dialogue. All the parties involved must pay heed to the SC’s suggestion while approaching the issue,” the CM said while speaking during an event held to mark the 14th death anniversary of Mahant Pramhans Das of Digmabar Akhara. The Mahant is a prominent figure in the temple movement.

The CM felt that the solution to the vexed issues was entrenched in the politics of positivity. If the parties involved managed to arrive at a mutually agreed solution to the dispute, it would send a positive message across the world and would help silencing the global powers working against the interests of the country, the CM said.

Pointing out the association of Gorakhsha Peethh with Ram temple movement from the days and times of his mentor and Guru Mahant Avaidyanth, the UP CM reiterated that his visits to Ayodhya should not be made an issue.

"I have been visiting Ayodhya all this long and shall continue to come here again and again. It should not bother anyone," he maintained. He linked his visit to his devotion for Lord Ram. "I am a Ram bhakt first and anything else later. The charisma of Lord Ram draws me to this place," averred CM Adityanath.

He also touched the Ram Setu issue subtly saying that in his quest to develop Ram circuit, his government would focus on the development of all the places, including Ayodhya, Shringverpur, Panchvati, Chitrakoot till Rameshwaram, related to Lord Ram in one way or the other. “If need arises, we will also get the Ram Setu constructed so as to unite the people of the country,” he stated.

On resumption of Ramleela in Ayodhya, CM Adityanth said people have watched Ramleela with devotion and fervor irrespective of their faith and religious beliefs in the past. He gave the example of Indonesia, saying that despite it being the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, Ramleela is celebrated as the Southeast Asian nation’ national festival.

During his visit in Ayodhya, the chief minister met a number of religious heads. Prominent among those who shared the stage with the CM included chief of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Nritya Gopal Das, Manaht Dharma Das, and a number of saints and seers.

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