Updated December 20th, 2023 at 12:50 IST
Advani, Joshi invited to mega Ram Temple opening after controversial statement by Trust official
This comes a day after Ram Temple Trust official Champat Rai said that he had requested Advani and Joshi “not to attend” the grand event.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday ended a long-standing controversy about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi being asked to refrain from attending the Ram Mandir mega opening ceremony on January 22. The VHP international working president Alok Kumar, along with RSS leaders Ram Lal and Krishna Gopal, personally invited Advani to attend the grand event.
Posting on X, VHP stated that an invitation has been extended to Advani and that the latter has agreed to grace the grand event organised in Ayodhya on January 22nd.
“Invited Lal Krishna Advani ji and Murli Manohar Joshi ji, the pioneers of Ram Mandir movement, to attend the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024. Both the seniors said that they will make every effort to come,” read the statement.
This comes a day after Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust’s general secretary and senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader, Champat Rai, had given a statement that he had requested Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi “not to attend” the grand event owing to their advanced age.
Both Advani and Joshi had spearheaded the Ram temple campaign more than three decades back.
The movement ultimately led to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in 2019, favoring the Hindu side and ending the long-standing title dispute case.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to participate in the placement of the idol of Ram Lalla at the majestic temple. Elaborate preparations are in progress for this significant occasion. Many dignitaries and individuals from diverse backgrounds are also scheduled to attend.
Published December 20th, 2023 at 02:25 IST