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Uttar Pradesh legislators leave from Lucknow for Ram Lalla darshan in Ayodhya

Luxury buses to carry cabinet ministers and members of the legislature

Uttar Pradesh legislators leave from Lucknow for Ram Lalla darshan in Ayodhya

Uttar Pradesh legislators leave for Ayodhya to visit the Ram temple in Lucknow on Sunday. PTI Photo



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Lucknow, February 11

Several members of both the Houses of Uttar Pradesh Legislature, on Sunday, left on buses from the state capital for Ayodhya to visit the newly-built Ram temple, deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said.

With the exception of Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders, most legislators had given their consent to visit Ayodhya.

“Members of both Houses of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature have left for Ayodhya. If anybody is not going, it is the ‘samaaptwaadi party’,” Maurya said, apparently referring to the Samajwadi Party.

“All of us are going as ‘Ram bhakts’ (devotees of Lord Ram),” Maurya said before leaving for the holy city.

He added that speaker of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly Satish Mahana and chairman of state legislative council Kunwar Manvendra Singh were also going to Ayodhya.

The members of both Houses were invited by chief minister Yogi Adityanath and the speaker of the Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly Satish Mahana to Ayodhya to offer prayers to Ram Lalla in the newly-constructed temple.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had declined the invitation.

Speaking to reporters before leaving for Ayodhya, Mahana said, “This is a matter of faith. Nobody could be forced to visit the ‘darbaar’ of any God. If a person has not come due to various reasons, then it is his matter.”        

“Yesterday, the leader of opposition (Akhilesh Yadav) had said in the assembly that speaker sir, I will not come even if you invite. But, I had told him that when you go to Ayodhya, take me along with you,” the speaker added.

Deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak who also joined the group visiting the holy city said, “After the consecration of Lord Ram in the newly-constructed temple in Ayodhya, we (all the legislators) had decided to go for a ‘darshan’.”    

“It is a wonderful sight. The entire world is talking about it. The way in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made India’s cultural heritage bloom, everybody is very happy and going to the temple,” he said.

BSP MLA Umashankar Singh said, “The SP leaders in the meeting of party leaders had urged the speaker to facilitate the visit of the MLAs to the Ram temple. SP MLA Rakesh Singh had given in writing (requesting the Speaker) to take the MLAs to Ayodhya. Shivpal Singh Yadav had also made a similar request. There should not be any type of politics in this.”         

He added, “Ours (BSP) is a secular party. We respect all religions. Today, on the directives of the speaker, we are going (to Ayodhya). Tomorrow, if the best mosque of the world comes up there, we will go there as well. But there should be no politics over this.”        

Meanwhile, the government in a statement said Adityanath would reach Ayodhya airport directly after which he would visit the temple with his cabinet ministers for darshan of Ram Lalla.

Luxury buses carrying cabinet ministers and members of the legislature left for Ayodhya around 9 am, Maurya said.

Arrangements have been made for the visit by the Minister of State for Transport (Independent Charge) Dayashankar Singh, the statement said.

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