The general secretary of Shri Ramjanmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Champat Rai, on Monday came out in support of Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, saying that “no one has the guts” to stop him from coming to Ayodhya.
Rai’s statement came days after a group of priests, including the chief priest of Hanuman Garhi Temple, accused Thackeray of defaming Sanatan Dharma amid Kangana Ranaut episode and said that the Shiv Sena chief was not welcome to the temple town.
“Some people have said that they will not let Uddhav (Thackeray) to come to Ayodhya. This is not the official stand of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad,” Rai told mediapersons in Ayodhya.
“To hai kisike maa ne doodh piya hai aur pilaya hai apne bachhe ko jo Uddhav Thackeray ka saamna karega Ayodhya mein? Samajhte ho aap log? Kisi ki maa ne itna jeera khaya ke uske aisa taqatwar bachha paida hua… Ye bekar ki baatein hai, nirarthak baatein hai. Ye jhagda, aisi baatein bolna ye kisi prakar uchit nahi hai (So who can dare to stand against Uddhav Thackeray in Ayodhya? Who is born so brave and powerful to stop Uddhav from entering Ayodhya? This is useless talk. Saying such things is not right),” Rai added.
Why they are at loggerheads
Thackeray visited Ayodhya in March on the completion of 100 days of his government.
Reacting to Rai’s remarks, Mahant Raju Das of the Hanuman Garhi temple along with several other local saints protested and raised slogans against the Temple Trust office bearer. They said that Rai has no right to be in Ayodhya anymore.
Referring to the Palghar lynching incident in which two sadhus and their driver were killed by a mob in April on suspicion of child-lifters, Mahant Raju Das said, “Champat Rai never issued a statement on the killing of saints, and when we opposed Uddhav, see the kind of language he is using. He is abusing Ayodhya and challenging the people of Ayodhya. I condemn the language used by Champat Rai. Such a person has no right to be in Ayodhya. I request the Sangathan that such people should not be given responsibilities.” Das claimed that he is being backed by Dharam Das from Nirvani Akhara, Paramhans Maharaj, and Mahant Dileep Das among others.
Meanwhile, Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri urged both Rai and Das to show restraint in their language. He said that the Akhara Parishad was never against Uddhav Thackeray coming to Ayodhya as “no Hindu can be barred from entering any temple”. However, he added, that the Akhara Parishad is against the Maharashtra government with regard to “the killing of saints” and its tussle with Kangana Ranaut.
After bank fraud, Trust says no to transaction through cheques
Lucknow: After unidentified fraudsters withdrew Rs 6 lakh from its bank account using two fake cheques, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust on Monday said it would no longer carry out banking transactions by cheque. It is discussing with the banks safe modes of transactions.
Last week, fraudsters gave two cheques to a PNB branch in Mumbai to withdraw Rs 6 lakh from the trust’s SBI bank account meant for collection of funds for the Ram temple construction. Trust General Secretary Champat Rai said that a letter had been written to SBI to return the money and that he would talk to PNB why it failed to cross-check before clearing the cheques.
The fraud came to light when a third cheque of Rs 9.86 lakh came to a Bank of Baroda branch in Mumbai. A verification call was made, leading to cancellation of the cheque. A team of Ayodhya police is in Mumbai for probe. ENS
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