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Ayodhya turns saffron: Ram statue announced, VHP mounts pressure for temple

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With the mounting pressure from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) over the construction of the Ram temple, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath gave his nod for construction of a 221-meter tall statue of Ram in Ayodhya. The announcement came as VHP workers and leaders along with Shiv Sena take over Ayodhya with Uddhav Thackeray asserting that the Ram temple will be built despite BJP returning to power in 2019 or not.

The Ram statue will be the second tallest in the world, falling short by just 19 meters of the Statue of Unity which currently holds the record. Adityanath who had indicated the construction of the statue during the Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, in a late night meeting gave his nod finalizing the sample for the structure. During the meeting, Adityanath was given a presentation by five firms for the proposed structure.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reached Ayodhya to raise demand for constructing Ram Temple. (Source: Shiv Sena)

The statue to be built on the bank of river Sarayu will be 151 Meter tall with 20 meter Umbrella and 50 meter base. Thus reaching the total height 221 meter tall. The UP government, in a bid to promote tourism, will also construct a museum at the base of the statue which will depict the history of Ayodhya, dynasty of Ram including details about incarnation of Vishnu.

The authorities are currently conducting the soil testing on the spot of the statue. The announcement comes just a month after PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the State of Unity dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat. The new statue will outsize the 128-meter tall statue of  Spring Temple Buddha in China and the Statue of Liberty in New York.

VHP leads Dharma Sabha

VHP’s ‘dharma Sabha” commenced in Ayodhya Sunday afternoon with senior leader Champat Rai declaring that no formula dividing the disputed land will be acceptable for temple construction. Addressing the sabha, the international general secretary said: “we want the entire land for temple construction…no formula dividing the land is acceptable.”  The sabha and continuous call for construction of the temple on the controversial site come despite the case being sub-judice in the Supreme Court.

“The matter is in Court, the decision should be given early. It has also been proved that the Temple was there. Supreme Court is not giving priority to the case. Justice delayed is justice denied,” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said in the Dharma Sabha.

Meanwhile, a wide security net has been laid across Ayodhya by the UP Police to stop any unprovoked incident.