Last year, the Sangh Parivaar outfit was severely criticised after their members were seen carrying arms during Ram Navami rallies. Also, incidents of violence were reported from several pockets of the state.
VHP, RSS have demanded legislation to allow building Ram temple in Ayodhya. If the govt attempts this, what steps can it take? Can the Supreme Court then intervene? What the law says, and some precedents
Jagat Guru Ramanandacharya Swami Hansdevacharya Maharaj of Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti said the "final battle" for the temple is about to start as religious heads are meeting in Uttar Pradesh early next year and there they would make an important announcement.
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.
Security was beefed up ahead of the event, which was being touted as the biggest congregation of 'Ram bhakts' in Ayodhya since the 1992 'kar seva', demanding a speedy construction of Ram Temple at the disputed land.
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?