Playing on the defensive, the Uttar Pradesh government went ahead to release the specifications of the proposed Ram statue in Ayodhya besides the Saryu river.
The move is being seen as an attempt by the government to counter the massive push for the Ayodhya temple against the alleged delay on the part of the ruling BJP.
The statue is expected to measure 221 metres – topping even the famed Statue of Unity in Gujarat.
The Uttar Pradesh government said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has approved the statue and that it will be of bronze.
The figure of Lord Ram itself will measure 151 metres, the pedestal 50 metres, and the “chattra” over his head 20 metres. A representational photograph of the statue was also shared with the media.
It is likely aimed at blunting the massive onslaught from the combine rallies of Shiv Sena and VHP in Ayodhya on the issue of Ram Mandir.>