Ayodhya is bracing itself for an influx of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh members on Sunday to participate in the dharma sansad, demanding for Ram Mandir to be built in the Uttar Pradesh city.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is currently in Ayodhya and will attend a rally later on Sunday. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is holding a dharma sansad which will see lakhs of people attending a rally to demand building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
The VHP has claimed that this will be the beiggest gathering in Ayodhya after 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished by sevaks.
The VHP meeting is set to take place from 12 noon and it is said that no politicians will be allowed to share the stage with the seers and address the rally.
Devotees bethed in the Sarayu river before attendign the Dharm Sabha.
UP's Additional Director General explains security measures in Ayodhya
Addtional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar the area has been divided into red and yellow security zones.
He also added, "Heavy deployment of CAPF(Central Armed Police Forces), PAC(Provincial Armed Constabulary), ATS(Anti-Terrorism Squad) has been done.Drone cameras being used to assess crowd. 13 parking spots have been designated, 2000 buses from various places have come to Ayodhya."
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat to address Dharam Sabha today
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's leader Mohan Bhagwat will address the gathering at VHP's Dharam Sabha Sunday afternoon.
The RSS, like the Shiv Sena and VHP is pushing for the Ram Manidr to be built in Ayodhya.
BJP calls out Shiv Sena's hypocrisy
"How can Shiv Sena hijack the Ram Mandir issue? The people who thrash north Indians and drive them out, who don't even have the mentality to serve humanity, how will they serve lord Ram?" BJP MLA Surendra Singh told ANI.
Movement along Indo-Nepal border
There is movement along the Indo-Nepal border as a large number of people from Nepal are crossing the border at Bahraich and Siddharthnagar districts to participate in the VHP's Dharam Sabha, reports HT.
Security in place ahead of two events in Ayodhya
"We've made all the arrangements for the programme (VHP's dharma sansad). We've allotted spaces for parking, bypass is running smoothly & we'll ensure it stays like that. 'Darshan' will be from the usual routes. We'll do everything in an organized way," Omkar Singh. DIG Ayodhya was quoted saying by ANI.
We’ve made all the arrangements for the programme (VHP’s dharma sansad). We’ve allotted spaces for parking, bypass is running smoothly & we’ll ensure it stays like that. ‘Darshan’ will be from the usual routes. We’ll do everything in an organized way: DIG Ayodhya, Omkar Singh pic.twitter.com/igqgu5WgCR— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 25, 2018
Keshav Prasad Maurya criticises Shiv Sena's movement to build Ram Temple; says it has no role in it
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya hit back at Uddhav Thackeray saying that the Shiv Sena has no role in the building of the Ram Temple.
"There is no problem in Uddhav Thackeray catching a glimpse of Ram Lalla... But, had Balasaheb Thackeray been alive, he would have prevented Uddhav from doing whatever he is doing. The Shiv Sena had no role in the temple movement or even in the Dharam Sabha, though Balasaheb Thackeray would support the Vishwa Hindu Parishad," Maurya said, reports PTI.
Thackeray demands a date construction of Ram Temple
While addressing a gethering at Lakshman Quila on Saturday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray demanded the Modi government to set a date when the construction of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya will take place.
"How many years will we have to wait? Generations have gone by ... During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's time, it might have been little difficult (to build the temple) but today's government is powerful... If you want to bring in an ordinance bring it or if you want to make a law, do it," the Shiv Sena chief was quoted aying by Hindustan Times.
Maine suna tha ki CM Yogi ji ne kaha ki mandir tha, hai aur rahega. Ye to hamari dhaarna hai, hamari bhavna hai. Dukh iss baat ka hai ki wo dikh nahi raha, wo mandir dikhega kab. Jald se jald uska nirmaan hona chahiye: Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief pic.twitter.com/3mjgtSOwHN— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 25, 2018
In his speech at Ram Janmabhoomi on Sunday morning, Thackeray also warned the BJP that if they don't set about building the temple, they will not remain in power.
He also said, "How many years will we have to wait? Generations have gone by ... During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's time, it might have been little difficult (to build the temple) but today's government is powerful... If you want to bring in an ordinance bring it or if you want to make a law, do it."
Thackeray calls Modi government 'Kumbhkarana'
"I have come here to awaken the Kumbhakarana. Today's Kumbhakarna has been sleeping for the past four years," Thackeray said on Saturday.
He made these comments while addressing a gathering in Ayodhya'Faizabad on Saturday.
The Shiv Sena leader landed at Aodhya on Saturday afternon. Since then, he visited the Lakshman Killa, Ram Janmabhoomi and also offered an aarti.
He is accompanied by his wife Rashmi and son Adithya.
Congress leader supports VHP's efforts
Kripashankar Singh, former Mumbai Congress leader commended Vishwa Hindu Parishad's efforts to push for building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
Singh said, ""Let's not politicise the issue now. It's time we join hands and together lead to it's constructions. Let us not create more tension over it."
He added that it is 'high times the temple was built in Ayodhya'.
Left parties criticise VHP and Shiv Sena
"We strongly oppose this effort to subvert the judicial verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. The Sangh Brigade cannot be allowed to subvert the Constitutional provisions in the name of faith," Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) was quoted saying by News18.
5 lakh people expected in Ayodhya
Reports claim that more than five lakh people are expected to be present in Ayodhya on Sunday to take part in two separate events organised by the VHP and Shiv Sena.
Already one lakh people have reached the icnoic Uttar Padesh city on Saturday.
221 metre Ram statue proposed to be built in Ayodhya [PHOTOS]
5 architect firms have given a presentation before CM Yogi Adityanath for construction of a 151m tall statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. In the pedestal under statue,there will be a museum showcasing history of Ram Janmabhoomi&related subjects.Selection of plot for statue is still on pic.twitter.com/kQd4hH80RF— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 24, 2018
Security beefed up at Ayodhya
Ayodhya has turned into a fortress ahead of the VHP's event set to take place on sundat afternoon.
VHP leaders like Jagat Guru Ramanandacharya, Swami Hansdevacharya, Rambhadracharya, Rameshwar Das Vaishnav and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das will pseak at the event.
No political leaders will be allowed to share the stage with the seers, reports Hindustan Times.
Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Faizabad
Uddhav Thackeray along with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya arrives at Fazabad on Saurday afternoon. From the airstrip, the trie left for the Laxmi Fort.
This is the Thackerays' first visit to Ayodhya. Uddhav is carrying an urn filled with earth from the Shivneri Fort in Pune. The first is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Shiv Sena workers reach Ayodhya
25,000 Shiv Sena workers have reached Ayodhya on Saturday morning to participate in the dharma sansad which will take place on Sunday.
Uddhav Thackarey to touchdown at Faizabad at 2 pm on Saturday
Uddhav Thackerey and his son will arrive at Faizabad in two separate chartered jets on Saturday at 2 pm.
He is scheduled to perform the Saryu Puja, meet priests and on November 25, he will hold a rally in Ayodhya.
He is expected to leave UP at 3 pm on Sunday after visiting Ramjanmabhoomi.
Akhilesh Yadav urges Supreme Court to bring in army in UP
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said, "The BJP does not believe in either the Supreme Court or the Constitution. The BJP can go to any extent. The kind of environment there is in Uttar Pradesh, especially in Ayodhya, the Supreme Court should take notice of it and bring Army, if necessary."
Majority of protesters are from UP
"Around 1,322 buses and 1,546 four-wheelers will ferry 80,000 workers. Alongside will be 14,000 workers on motorcycles, and 15,000 workers will reach Ayodhya by train — the bulk from UP," a senior RSS leader in Varanasi told Times of India
VHP says this is the biggest gathering after 1992
The Dharma Sansad, which is organised by the VHP claims that the gathering on Sunday will be the biggest gathering of supporters of Ram Mandir after the events in 1992 when the Babri Masjid was brought down.
Ayodhya is expecting one lakh RSS members, one lakh VHP members and over 5000 sainiks, reports TOI.
Section 144 imposed in the town
Section 144 has been imposed in the town of Ayodhya after many minority communities expressed their concerns for their safety.
Section 144 of the Criminal Penal Code prohibits a group of more than four people to be seen in public.