Taking on Rahul Gandhi for his delayed visits to Amethi, Irani said that instead of tweeting from a room and delaying his visits to his constituency, Rahul should face things on the ground. She also added that people should stop calling Amethi the Congress bastion.
Muslim organisations observed the day as 'Yaum E Gham' (day of sorrow) and a protest demonstration was held in Lucknow. There are reports of protests being held in Kerala, Hyderabad and Maharashtra as well.
However, it was not clear who put up the board as the trustees of the mosque issued a statement denying that they had issued any order prohibiting entry to Zahir Qureshi, general secretary of minority cell of the BJP's city unit.
Police along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in the sensitive localities of Ayodhya and Faizabad. Regular searches of vehicles, hotels and 'dharamshalas' are also on in the region.
Is the Ayodhya mobilisation now as powerful and potent as it was in 1992? Are there law and order concerns for the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government, both now ruled by the BJP? And most importantly, is it fair to compare 2018 to 1992?