The Congress party has rejected the invitation to attend the Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya. A statement released by the party mentions that the invitation for the Ram Temple ceremony has been respectfully declined.
None of the Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge, will be present at the event scheduled for January 22.
Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh, while issuing the statement, mentioned that last month, invitations were extended to Congress President and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Parliamentary Party Chief Sonia Gandhi, and Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, for the inauguration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024.
He further expressed that religion is a personal matter, emphasizing that millions of people in our country worship Lord Ram.
However, he criticized the BJP and RSS for turning the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya into a political project for their electoral gains.
Ramesh accused the BJP and RSS leaders of using the incomplete temple inauguration for clear electoral advantages.
Meanwhile, according to sources, VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) has stated that if Congress does not wish to attend, it is their choice. We have extended the invitation, and it's not an issue if they choose not to come.
The consecration ceremony of the idol of Lord Rama is scheduled to take place in Ayodhya on January 22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present as the chief guest for the event.
Officials from the central and state governments are busy making preparations for the ceremony. A week before the idol consecration, religious events will commence in Ayodhya.
The authorities are sending invitations to guests for the consecration ceremony. Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials have prepared a list of approximately 150 individuals representing various communities to be included in the guest list.
Security arrangements are being carefully planned for the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22, where top dignitaries, including the Prime Minister, will be present.
Not only are security measures being put in place a week in advance, but rehearsals will also be conducted to test and refine these arrangements.
The 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony is scheduled to take place over the course of seven days, commencing on January 16.
The reason behind this heightened security is evident, as the event on January 22 will witness the presence of prominent figures such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat, and the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, along with approximately two and a half thousand people from various fields who are distinguished personalities of the country.