NEW DELHI: A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, veteran BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday said it is a historic and emotional day for him and for all Indians. Ahead of the ground-breaking ceremony, Advani said, “Sometimes significant dreams in one’s life take a long time to fruition, but when they are finally realised, the wait becomes very worthwhile. One such dream, close to my heart is now getting fulfilled.” In a statement, he said it is his belief that the Shri Ram Mandir will represent India as a strong, prosperous, peaceful and harmonious nation with justice for all and exclusion of none to truly usher in "Ram
AHMEDABAD: Seven religious leaders from Gujarat have been invited for the ground-breaking ceremony for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, a VHP spokesperson said on Tuesday. Five of them took a Lucknow-bound flight from here on Monday and have already reached Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh for the event to be held on Wednesday, he said. They were greeted at the Ahmedabad airport by local VHP leaders, he said. Those who have been invited are - Avichaldasji Maharaj of Sarsa Gurugadi in Anand district, Swami Parmatmanandji Maharaj of Rajkot, Acharya Krishnamani Maharaj of Pranami Sampraday, Shambhunath Tundiya of Sant Savaiyanath Dham in Ahmedabad, Madhavpriyadasji Swami of Chharodi Gurukul, Mahant Swamiji of BAPS Swaminarayan sect and Akhileshwar Dasji Maharaj of the Vishwa Hindu
The entire country has become excited in view of the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony for Ram temple in Ayodhya and there is no other golden moment like Prime Minister Narendra Modi breaking the ground to mark the start of construction work, the Shiv Sena said on Tuesday. The Covid-19 crisis will disappear with the blessings of Lord Ram an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.
NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are likely to join the 'bhoomi pujan' of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on August 5 through video conferencing due to health conditions, sources said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on August 5, according to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, the president of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust. The construction work of the Ram temple will begin after the foundation stone laying ceremony, in which chief ministers of several states, ministers from the Union Cabinet and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat are also likely to participate. According to potters in the state, around 1.25 lakh diyas were
MUMBAI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is unlikely to visit Ayodhya for the bhoomi pujan for Ram temple construction there on August 5 owing to the serious Covid-19 situation in the Uttar Pradesh town, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut indicated on Monday. "It is important that the PM is going. The chief minister (Thackeray) can go there anytime, Raut told reporters here while extending good wishes for the ceremony. The 'bhoomi pujan' of the Ram temple is scheduled to be held on Wednesday at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Raut reiterated the Shiv Senas contribution in the Ram temple construction campaign, and said the party has given Rs one
NEW DELHI/ LUCKNOW: L K Advani, who led the “rathyatra” for the construction of Ram Mandir and Murli Manohar Joshi who served as BJP chief during the intense phase of the temple campaign, are yet to recieve invitations for the grand function at Ayodhya on August 5. Sources close to Advani said with just four days to go for the function, the former deputy PM, who catapulted his party’s fortunes with the Ram rathyatra, had not got any invitation from any quarters till Saturday. VHP or the trust set up by the Supreme Court to supervise the construction of Ram Mandir have not spelt out whether the two saffron stalwarts are among the invitees. Although the campaign for the construction
LUCKNOW: Veteran BJP leader L K Advani on Friday recorded his statement before a special CBI court in the Babri mosque demolition case. The statement of the 92-year-old former deputy prime minster was recorded through video conferencing in the court of special Judge SK Yadav in the presence of his counsel Vimal Kumar Srivastava, KK Mishra and Abhishek Ranjan, who were present in the court. CBI lawyers Lalit Singh, P Chakravarti and RK Yadav were also present. On Thursday, the court recorded the statement of BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi in the case. Dubbing prosecution witnesses in the Babri mosque demolition case as "liars", Joshi had asserted that he was innocent and implicated in the case by the
LUCKNOW: A special CBI court on Thursday recorded the statement of BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case. The statement of the 86-year-old leader was recorded in the court of Special Judge S K Yadav through video conference. Former deputy prime minister LK Advani (92) is likely to record his statement in a similar manner on Friday. The Babri mosque demolition trial is presently at the stage of recording of statements of 32 accused in the case under Section 313 of CrPC during which they get an opportunity to refute the prosecution evidence against them. The mosque in Ayodhya was demolished on December 6, 1992, by 'kar sevaks' who claimed that an ancient Ram temple
LUCKNOW: A special CBI court holding the 1992 Babri mosque demolition trial is likely to record the statement of 86-year-old BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi through video conference on Thursday. Special judge SK Yadav earlier on Monday, while slating July 24 for recording the statement of former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, 92, had also decided to record Joshi's statement on July 23. The Babri mosque demolition trial is presently at the stage of the recording of statements of 32 accused in the case under Section 313 of CrPC during which they also get an opportunity to refute the prosecution evidence against them. The court is conducting a day-to-day hearing in the case to complete its trial by August 31
NEW DELHI: Frontline leaders of the Ram temple movement, including L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, are among the invitees for the "bhoomi pujan" in Ayodhya on August 5, which is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Other invitees include RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Union home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, reports Arshad Afzaal Khan. The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is trying to keep the number of invitees limited due to the Covid situation. Sources said around 300 people could be invited. The trust plans to recreate an atmosphere similar to the shilanyas for the Ram temple by Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Ayodhya on
LUCKNOW: A special CBI court on Monday set July 24 for recording the statement of former deputy prime minister L K Advani in the Babri mosque demolition case. His statement under section 313 of CrPC will be recorded through video conferencing. In his order, Special Judge SK Yadav also fixed July 23 for recording the statement of BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi through video conferencing. The court set July 22 for former Shiv Sena MP Satish Pradhan to depose before it through video link. The court is conducting proceedings under Section 313 of CrPC to enable all accused to plead their innocence, if they so want.
LUCKNOW: BJP leader Uma Bharti is among the accused asked to appear in person Thursday before a special court hearing the Babri Masjid demolition case. The lawyers for BJP veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Kalyan Singh indicated to the CBI court on Wednesday that they prefer to appear in court through video conferencing. Special Judge S K Yadav had recently given this option to the accused who are yet to record their statements, asking them to provide their addresses so that arrangements can be made for video conferencing. The court here is in the process of recording the statements of the 32 accused under section 313 of the CrPC, a stage in the trial which follows the
NEW DELHI: A special CBI court hearing the Babri demolition case here on Tuesday said it will pass ‘appropriate orders' if people exempted from personal appearance failed to furnish their address details for recording their statements through a video conference till Wednesday. The court said the exemption from personal appearance was subjected to the 'aforesaid condition' that the accused will furnish their address details by Wednesday. Special Judge S K Yadav said this while expressing concern over the fact that former deputy prime minister L K Advani, ex-UP CM Kalyan Singh, BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, and other accused left to be examined have not placed the details before it despite orders. The court order came