It's Lord Ram's will that I attend bhoomi pujan: Babri case litigant Iqbal Ansari

His father Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute case, died at the age of 95 in 2016 after which the son started pursuing the case in the court.

Published: 03rd August 2020 04:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2020 09:57 PM   |  A+A-

Iqbal Ansari

Iqbal Ansari (Photo | EPS/Shekhar Yadav)

Express News Service

AYODHYA: Iqbal Ansari, who was a litigant in the Ayodhya land dispute case, has received an invitation to attend the foundation ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya on August 5, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries will also remain present.

Accepting the invitation, Ansari said that he believed that it was the wish of Lord Ram that he received the
invitation for 'Bhoomi Pujan'.

"I will welcome the Prime Minister as he is coming to lay the foundation stone of Ram temple. I will present him the Ramcharitmanas, the holy book of Hindus, with a stoll with the name of Lord Ram on it."

Iqbal Ansari, who is the son of Hashim Ansari who was the original litigant in the case, has received the invitation number 146 for the event where only 200 VVIPs are being invited.

Claiming that after Supreme Court’s verdict in the case on November 9, 2019, there is no ill-feeling amongst anyone against any religion in Ayodhya, Ansari said: "All religions are equally respected in yodhya which was an epitome of Ganga-Jamuni-Tehzeeb. May be, it was the wish of the Lord Ram that is why I have been invited for the event. There is no difference between the Hindus and Muslims residing in Ayodhya. The matter has now been resolved by the Supreme Court."

Strict security arrangements have been put up in Ayodhya. The local administration have been asked to implement strict coronavirus safety protocols. 

Meanwhile, just two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Ayodhya to lay the foundation stone for the construction of Ram Temple, another priest at Ram Janmabhoomi has tested positive for COVID-19.

Junior priest at Ram Janmabhoomi temple of Lord Ram, Prem Kumar Tiwari was found infected with the coronavirus, days after four police personnel and 'seh pujari' tested positive.

Chief Priest Acharya Satyendra Das has tested negative for COVID-19, however, he has been kept away from the Puja as of now. 

Earlier, an assistant priest Pradeep Das along with four security personnel posted at the Ram Janmabhoomi had tested positive along with 15 cops deployed on RJB complex.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp