Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath gave his heavily-anticipated speech in Ayodhya on the occasion of the Diwali 'Deepotsav' celebrations on Tuesday, making a slew of announcements.
With the start of his speech almost drowned out by chants for the Ram Mandir, Yogi Adityanath highlighted how his government had worked to develop the holy city, contrasting this with earlier governments, whom he accused of ignoring the city and turning it into an unmentionable.
Stating that everyone knows Ayodhya on account of Lord Ram, Yogi Adityanath made the first of his announcements, changing the name of the district in which Ayodhya lies -- Faizabad -- to "Sri Ayodhya".
The three announcements that followed were centred on projects, and particularly, projects that would cater to development and also emphasise the historic nature of the city.
We will build Ram Ji Ki Paidi, like Hari Ki Paidi in Haridwar, Adityanath said, making the first of the project announcements.
The second development project pertains to the construction of a medical college and hospital, named after Lord Ram's father and King of Ayodhya Dashrath.
The third development was regarding the UP government's efforts to build an airport in Ayodhya in the name of Lord Ram.
The speech did not, however, make reference to the planned (as per sources) Lord Ram statue in Ayodhya, which is proposed to be built along the lines of the Statue of Unity that was recently inaugurated in Gujarat. It remains to be seen if he elaborates on it in due course.