Lawmakers from Uttar Pradesh, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Speaker Satish Mahana, embarked on a significant visit to the Ram Temple in Ayodhya today. The invitation, extended by Speaker Mahana during the Assembly session on Saturday, saw widespread participation, although some Opposition MLAs, including Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, declined the invite.
#WATCH | Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Assembly Speaker Satish Mahana, Deputy CMs KP Maurya, Brajesh Pathak and members of the UP Assembly & Legislative Council at Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi Temple. pic.twitter.com/twXRA8T2OK
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Despite differences, the state’s Assembly and Legislative Council members, excluding SP MLAs, along with representatives from other parties such as RLD and Congress, boarded a bus bound for Ayodhya on Sunday morning. As their journey commenced, locals showered flower petals, reflecting the emotional and religious significance of the occasion.
Among the dignitaries present at the Ram Temple were Deputy Chief Ministers KP Maurya and Brajesh Pathak, underscoring the government’s commitment to this symbolic visit. Speaker Satish Mahana, who played a crucial role in the ‘Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mukti Andolan,’ expressed deep emotions, remarking, “This is an emotional moment for me. I am very happy.”
#WATCH | Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker, Satish Mahana says, "This is a special moment for me because I was part of the 'Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mukti Andolan'…This is an emotional moment for me. I am very happy…" pic.twitter.com/8odBFnaMLC
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Prior to their departure, visuals emerged showing MLAs chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram,’ epitomizing the spirit of devotion and unity. BJP MLA Aditi Singh conveyed her gratitude for the opportunity to visit Ayodhya, emphasizing the significance of faith over political differences.
Expressing his gratitude, BJP MLA Ritesh Gupta remarked, “I am fortunate to get the opportunity to have darshan of Lord Ram Lalla. Today, because of CM Yogi Adityanath, all the MLAs will be traveling to Ayodhya together,” highlighting the unity fostered by the visit.
However, amidst the unity and reverence, BSP MLA Umashankar Singh criticized the politicization of the issue by the Samajwadi Party, asserting his party’s commitment to secularism and respect for all religions. He emphasized that their visit transcends politics and embodies a collective respect for religious sentiments.
The invitation extended to Akhilesh Yadav, the Leader of the Opposition, during the Budget Session faced a poignant response. Referring to the need for a divine call, Akhilesh Yadav remarked, “We will go only when Lord Shri Ram calls us,” underlining the deeply personal and spiritual aspect of the visit.
In conclusion, the lawmakers’ visit to the Ram Temple in Ayodhya stands as a symbol of unity, faith, and reverence, transcending political affiliations and fostering a sense of collective devotion and respect for religious sentiments.