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U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath oversees 'Bhoomi Pujan' preparations in Ayodhya

A file photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust General Secretary Champat Rai visiting the Ram temple construction workshop, last week.

A file photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust General Secretary Champat Rai visiting the Ram temple construction workshop, last week.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that the COVID-19 protocol will be strictly followed during the bhoomi pujan ceremony for Ram temple and only those invited should come.

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The Chief Minister, who was here to oversee preparations for the August 5 event, said it was a “historic and emotional” moment which will lay the “foundation of a new India”.

He also hit out at the Congress, saying those who are making negative comments on the event had tried to create obstacles in the construction of the Ram temple and the people of the country know about them.

“It is not only a historic but also an emotional moment as after 500 years the Ram temple work will start. It will be the foundation of a new India,” he said.

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“COVID-19 protocol will be strictly followed at the event. As the Prime Minister will be here representing 135 crore people, I appeal that only those who have been invited should visit Ayodhya. The rest should remain at their respective places,” Mr. Adityanath said, adding no laxity will be allowed.

The Chief Minister urged the people to light earthen lamps, decorate temples and recite Ramayana in memory of those “who laid down their lives in the temple struggle”.

For those who are keen to visit Ayodhya, arrangements will be made to bring people from every district once the coronavirus pandemic is over, he said.

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The Chief Minister reached Ayodhya in the afternoon and visited the Ram Janmabhoomi site, where the bhoomi pujan is to be held.

He also paid obeisance to Ramlalla (the idol of Lord Ram as an infant), visited Hanuman Garhi temple and gave directions to senior officers from the dais, where the main event is scheduled to be held.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha and DIG Deepak Kumar also accompanied the Chief Minister, a senior official said here.

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