The temple town of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh turned into a fortress with multiple security layers ahead of Vishva Hindu Parishad's (VHP) 'Dharam Sabha' to push for the construction of a grand temple of Lord Ram on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque in the holy city. The organisers of the Dharma Sabha claimed that over 3 lakh devotees of Lord Rama are likely to gather for the largest congregation of Hindus since December 6, 1992, when the Babri Mosque was demolished. The Dharma Sabha of the VHP will be held at Bade Bhakt Mal Ki Baghia near the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas workshop.
Besides the VHP Dharma Sabha, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who arrived in Ayodhya on Saturday, will also address party workers over the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya. With the two major events lined up, the Uttar Pradesh Police has deployed massive security in and around the city to avoid any untoward incident. One additional DGP, one deputy inspector general (DIG), three senior superintendents of police (SSPs), 10 additional SPs, 21 deputy SPs, 160 inspectors, 700 constables, 42 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary, five companies of the Rapid Action Force, Anti-Terrorism Squad commandos and drones have been deployed in Ayodhya, a UP police spokesperson said.
People standing at Bade Bhakt Mal Ki Baghia near the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas workshop. (Photo: News Nation/Anurag Thakur)
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An entire generation has passed since the Ram temple movement, but there will be now more wait now. A grand Ram temple will be build in Ayodhya at any cost. It will not be shifted to any other place and will be constructed at the Ram Janmabhoomi: Senior VHP leader Champat Rai
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Saints who blessed me y'day,I'd told them that the work which we're about to begin can't be done without their blessings.I've no hidden agenda in coming to Ayodhya.I've come to express sentiments of all Indians&Hindus across world.All are waiting for #RamTemple: Uddhav Thackeray pic.twitter.com/gdnVCvOhoy— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 25, 2018
Saints who blessed me yesterday, I had told them that the work which we're about to begin can't be done without their blessings. I have no hidden agenda in coming to Ayodhya.I've come to express sentiments of all Indians and Hindus across the world. All are waiting for RamTemple: Uddhav Thackeray
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray returns to the hotel after visiting the Ram Lalla temple earlier today.
Ayodhya: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray returns to the hotel after visiting the Ram Lalla temple earlier today. pic.twitter.com/Py0I4yPdKd— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 25, 2018
UP Police assures adequate security arrangments for VHP’s Dharma Sabha: We’ve made all the arrangements for the programme. We’ve allotted spaces for parking, the bypass is running smoothly and we’ll ensure it stays like that. ‘Darshan’ will be from the usual routes. We’ll do everything in an organized way: DIG Ayodhya, Omkar Singh
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Security has been tightened in Ayodhya ahead of the separate events of Shiv Sena and VHP being organised in the city today to push for the construction of a grand temple of Lord Ram in the holy city.