Intel Alerts of Possible Communal Stir in Delhi Ahead of VHP Meet

The VHP and other Hindu bodies are planning to hold religious events for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

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Intelligence agencies have alerted the Centre and Delhi Police about possible communal tensions after right-wing groups drove around Delhi on motorcycles and trucks ahead of the mass gathering planned by Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) at Ramlila Maidan on 9 December, reported The Hindu.

Several BJP leaders made a fresh pitch for construction of a Ram temple, while Left parties and Trinamool Congress appealed for the upholding of India’s secular fabric on the 26th anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition on Thursday, 6 December, even as the day passed off peacefully in Uttar Pradesh.

The mosque was demolished on 6 December, 1992 by 'karsevaks' who had converged as part of a movement by the BJP and Hindu outfits for construction of a temple dedicated to Lord Ram at the disputed site.

Snapshot
  • The VHP and other right-wing outfits observed ‘Shaurya Divas’ on 6 December
  • Muslim outfits held protests to express grief over the incident
  • In Ayodhya, seers offered prayers and sought divine intervention for early construction of the Ram temple.
  • Heavy security had been deployed in Ayodhya and Faizabad even though the day passed peacefully

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12:57 PM , 07 Dec
KEY EVENT

BJP Leaders Make Fresh Pitch for Ram Temple; Babri Demolition Anniversary Peaceful

Several BJP leaders made a fresh pitch for construction of a Ram temple, while Left parties and the TMC appealed for the country's secular fabric to be upheld on the 26th anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition on Thursday, 6 December, even as the day passed off peacefully in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress, which is making a determined bid to highlight its pro-Hindu credentials, maintained a studied silence on the matter.

Union minister Uma Bharti, a leading figure of the Ram Mandir movement, "appealed" to Congress president Rahul Gandhi to support the construction of the temple to "honour" his holy thread and Dattatreya Brahmin lineage.

She was referring to the claims of Congress leaders that Gandhi was a "janeu-dhari" (sacred thread-wearing) Hindu. Recently, at a religious ceremony, the Congress president was referred to as a Dattatreya Brahmin.

12:57 PM , 07 Dec
KEY EVENT

Intel Alerts of Possible Communal Tension

Intelligent agencies have alerted the Centre and Delhi police about a possible communal tension after right-wing groups drove around Delhi on motocycles and trucks ahead of the mass gathering planned by Vishva Hindu Parishad(VHP) at Ramlila Maidan on 9 December, reported The Hindu.

The Delhi Police was informed that around 500 rallies have been planned and most of them are being taken out in Muslim-dominated areas, according to the report.

A report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that mobilisation was noticed in about 2,000 small and large colonies of Delhi.

11:53 AM , 06 Dec

Ayodhya Seers Seek Divine Intervention for Ram Temple

Seers in the temple town of Ayodhya will offer prayers and seek divine intervention for early construction of a Ram temple on 6 December which marks the 26th anniversary of Babri mosque demolition.

Mahant Ramdas of Nirmohi Akhara told PTI that it will mark the day as 'Shaurya Diwas' (day of bravery), which has been a tradition for the last 25 years.

"We are celebrating 'Shaurya Diwas' and then there will be a grand 'aarti' at Naka Hanumangarhi. We will seek divine intervention from Lord Ram and urge him to help us build a grand temple for him," he said.

"Now we want that the Ram temple should be built at the earliest," he added.

Meanwhile, Iqbal Ansari, a Muslim litigant in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, said the community will observe 'Yaum E Gham' (day of sorrow) on Thursday. There will be no protests or roadshows.

"How long do we have to observe 'Yaum E Gham'? Now we want that the court should decide (the case) and we will abide by its order," he said.

11:38 AM , 06 Dec
KEY EVENT

BJP Accords Highest Priority to Agreement Between Parties for Building Ram Temple: Keshav Maurya

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on 6 December spoke about building the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Maurya also hit out at Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray after he said that when he had visited the place where Lord Ram was seated, it looked like he was going to jail. No one can confine Ram Lalla in a jail, the BJP leader said in a telephonic interview with PTI.


Published: 03 Dec 2018, 2:49 PM IST