Chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya
LUCKNOW: The peaceful resolution to the Ram Temple dispute, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said at the conclusion of the bhoomi pujan on Wednesday, was a result of the strength of India’s democratic values, its judiciary and its executive and that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India had shown to the world how one can resolve a crisis peacefully.
The CM, who through several election rallies in 2018, had asked people to show patience and have faith in the judicial system to address the Ayodhya title suit, said: “Is shubh ghadi hetu, 500 varshon ki ek lambi sangharsh sadhna rahi hai lekin Bharat ki loktantrik moolyon, Bharat ki nyaypalika aur Bharat ki karyapalika ki taqat se shantipurna dhang se, loktantrik paddati se aur samvidhan sammat tareeqe se samasyaon ka samadhan kaise ho sakta hai, aadarniya pradhan mantra ji ke netritva mein Bharat ne duniya ki sabhi taqaton ko iss baat ka ahsas karaya hai. (There has been a long struggle of 500 years for this moment but India, under the leadership of PM Modi, has shown to all the powers of the world how through the strength of India’s democratic values, its judiciary and executive, we can peacefully resolve issues through democratic and constitutionally).”
Yogi hailed all those who sacrificed their lives for the dream of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, saying that generations had passed with people waiting to see this moment for themselves. However, he added, the resolution finally came through peaceful and democratic means.
The temple construction, the CM added, would present India before the world in the mould of Ram Rajya which the PM had initiated six years back when he became PM for the first time. “In that world, there is no discrimination on the basis of caste, community or language. There is a sense of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’. Just like Lord Ram’s fame, the temple will bring fame to India,” he said and added that it would also propel Awadhpuri internationally as a magnificent and prosperous city even as his government was committed to keeping the city’s cultural traditions intact.
“In the name of Swadesh Darshan, the ghats were beautified and along with Ram Katha, several other programmes have been started. The bhoomi pujan is an important link in that chain. We are proud of the fact that the dream we had for Awadhpuri, of associating the festival of Diwali with the city, we started with Deepotsav three years back. That dream is now being fulfilled with the bhoomi pujan,” he added.
At a time when several people are learnt to be miffed for having been kept out of the programme, the CM acknowledged their contribution to the movement and said it was not possible to call everyone if the government was to ensure adherence to Covid protocols. “There are several seers and other great people who have not been able to participate in this event due to the pandemic. I assure them , we will include them in some way in all events that will be held in coming days so that they feel connected with the temple,” he said.