Saints, seers to congregate today in Ayodhya over Ram Mandir, govt under pressure

The congregation is to be held in Ayodhya today

With pressure mounting on the government on Ram Mandir issue, a massive congregation demanding the construction of the Ram temple has been organised by the right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

The congregation is to be held in Ayodhya today.

Earlier, yesterday itself thousands of Shiv Sena supporters have also arrived in Ayodhya to put pressure on the centre for the construction of the temple.

It need be recalled that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrived in Ayodhya yesterday to “wake up the Narendra Modi government from a Kumbhakarna-like slumber”.

The VHP, in the last few weeks, mobilised support for the rally across Uttar Pradesh through bike rallies, processions and other public events.

An Uttar Pradesh police spokesperson said that 35 senior police officers, in addition to 160 inspectors and 700 constables, have been deployed in Ayodhya. Forty-two companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary, five companies of the Rapid Action Force and several anti-terrorism squad commandos have also deployed.

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) chief Zafaryab Jilani said that Muslims in Ayodhya are “terrified” ahead of the VHP meeting. “The Muslims living in Ayodhya are terrified since about the past week.

A group of left parties comprising CPI-M, CPI, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party or RSP, and the CPI-ML, on Saturday called for observing `Defend the Constitution and Secularism Day’ on December 6- the day when the Babri Masjid was demolished. December 6 is also the death anniversary of BR Ambedkar.

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