Yogi Adityanath Ayodhya visit: UP CM offers prayers at makeshift Ram temple

Yogi Adityanath Ayodhya visit: This comes a day after the Lucknow CBI court pronounced its order in Babri Masjid demolition case. The court charged BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti with criminal conspiracy in the 1992 case. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 4:17 pm
Yogi Adityanath Ayodhya visit, Adityanath offers prayers at ram temple, Yogi Adityanath, Ram Temple Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Ayodhya (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Ayodhya on Wednesday for the first time since assuming the CM office this year. He offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple, perhaps becoming the first chief minister to do so in 26 years. The last UP CM to visit the disputed Ram temple was Kalyan Singh along with his cabinet ministers in 1991.

Yogi Adityanath also made a trip to the banks of the Saryu river to offer prayers, after having spent around 30 minutes at the makeshift temple in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid complex, news agency PTI reported. He had first visited the Hanumangarhi temple, one of the holiest places for Hindus in the city, after arriving in the city Wednesday morning. His visit to Ayodhya comes a day after the Lucknow CBI court charged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti with criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.

Adityanath had met the veteran BJP leaders on Tuesday when they had come to Lucknow to appear before the CBI court. The court rejected their discharge application, charging them under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and nine others accused in the Babri Masjid case.

The accused who have been granted bail on signing a personal bond of Rs 20,000, will move the Allahabad High Court against CBI court’s ruling.  “They have been granted bail by signing bonds of Rs. 20,000. We have submitted discharge application. If the court rejects it, then charges will be framed,” news agency ANI quoted lawyer of accused Prashant Atal as saying.

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    b khosla
    May 31, 2017 at 6:42 pm
    That is what Yogi's are supposed to do
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      rajesh
      May 31, 2017 at 12:16 pm
      THIS IS A SIGNAL TO THE VOTE BANK BY BJP SAYING NOT TO WORRY, WE ARE GOING TO BUILD THE RAM TEMPLE. WHEREAS THE THE FACT IS THAT THE RAM TEMPLE OR A MOSQUE WILL NEVER BE BUILT AND THE PLACE WILL END UP BECOMING EITHER A MUSEUM OR A PERMANENTLY OUT-OF-BOUNDS AREA. WHY IS BJP FOO THE PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEY WILL BUILD A RAM TEMPLE ?? I URGE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA TO UNDERSTAND THE MINDSET OF THE POLITICIANS AND FORCE THEM TO DELIVER ON TRUE GOVERNANCE, HEALTH AND EDUCATION. POLITICIANS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLES RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS - BUILD A TEMPLE OR MOSQUE AND FORGET ABOUT OTHER THINGS ? YOU CAN PRAY TO RAM IN YOUR HOUSE ALSO. BUT WHO WILL PROVIDE YOUR CHILDREN WITH HEALTH AND EDUCATION ? IT IS THE GOVERNMENTS DUTY TO DO THAT. DEAR FRIENDS PLEASE COME OUT OF THIS HYPNOTIC STATE IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUT YOU IN. DEMAND YOUR RIGHTS - YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE COUNTRY OWES YOU A LOT MORE THAN MERE SLOGANEERING, PROVOCATIONS AND FALSE PROMISES.
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        mimi sur
        May 31, 2017 at 11:59 am
        BJP gov should not drag this issue. In stead it can expedite the judiciary process and make temple as soon as possible. You can't put temple issue in all election manifesto . Also take concrete steps to reduce the population.Also build free quality schools and hospitals for Hindu poor children . That will be a great service to Hindus.
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          Vnk
          May 31, 2017 at 11:57 am
          In the eyes of sickular goondas and media this is a horrible act as only Muslims ad christian have right to prayer. These sickular s want to keep hindus as ghulam forever. The ivader and looter Babur destro an existing Ram temple and built an illegal Mosque over there. This is place where Muslims cant pray as tha is prohibited in Islam according to some Muslim scholar as told on TV. The Baqf board people can have no claim over the structure as they are not descendents of Babur and if they are they should be prosecuted for demolition and hanged.
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            undefined
            May 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm
            Congress party removed all British invaders "statues" and replaced them with hi's and other's statues! They changed some of the British names! Can any one build memorial for Robert Clive, Warren Hastings, Taylor,British who defeated Tipu Sultan etc! Can the British invaders claim back India because they Ruled India once?
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            Kamal Pasha
            May 31, 2017 at 11:31 am
            Yogi should open Dharamshallas throughout UP. Politics is not his cup of tea.
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              Christopher
              May 31, 2017 at 11:40 am
              Super thought
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                Bimal Asha
                May 31, 2017 at 6:35 pm
                A ggod idea since the Previous Govt encouraged construction of Mosques all over UP
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                Arif
                May 31, 2017 at 11:28 am
                An average Indian muslim has no issue with temple constructionas the Masjid there has already been demolished, the so called leaders of community can only give statements to the detriment of community; amicable resolution is the only way. But it should be on give and take basis, BJP , RSS should stop politicking religion hence forth and give equal governance to all, is that possible? Or do they want to continue because it would allow them to win again and again based on majority vote bank politics.
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                  Manu USA
                  May 31, 2017 at 11:48 am
                  May be right thing to do. It's true that temple existed there. But anyways the issue be resolved amicably once and for all.
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