ANI Photo | “Well-thought-out strategy…?”: BJP spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill on Cong turning down Ram Temple invite

Hitting out at the Congress after it turned down the invitation to the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at Ayodhya’s Ram Temple, BJP spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill on Wednesday asked if it was a “well-thought-out” strategy of the INDIA bloc to “disrespect” the faith of Indians.
Labelling the Ram Temple inauguration an event of the BJP and RSS, Congress turned down the invitation for the ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony of Lord Ram Lalla, scheduled to be held on January 22.
“DMK gave a call to finish the Sanatan Dharma Congress, rejecting the invitation to attend the inaugaration of the Ram Mandir. Coincidence? or a well-thought-out strategy of INDI to disrespect the faith of Indians?” Shergill, who was formerly with the Congress, posted on ‘X’.
“May Lord Ram forgive & eradicate INDI’s & Cong’s politics of hatred!” he added.
Earlier, on Wednesday, senior Congress leaders — Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury — ‘declined’ the invitation for the grand event in Ayodhya, the party’s general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a statement.
“Last month, the Congress President and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson, Smt. Sonia Gandhi and the Leader of the Congress Party in the Lok Sabha Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury received an invitation to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya to be held on January 22nd, 2024,” he said in the statement.
“Lord Ram is worshipped by millions in our country. Religion is a personal matter. But the RSS/BJP have long made a political project of the temple in Ayodhya. The inauguration of the incomplete temple by the leaders of the BJP and the RSS has been obviously brought forward for electoral gain. While abiding by the 2019 Supreme Court judgment and honouring the sentiments of millions who revere Lord Ram, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury have respectfully declined the invitation to what is clearly an RSS/BJP event,” it added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to attend the installation of the idol of Ram Lalla at the grand temple on January 22. As per temple officials, the ceremony will be held over a span of seven days starting on January 16.
Preparations are underway in full swing for the Ram Temple ‘Pran Pratishtha’ on January 22, which will draw dignitaries and people from all walks of life. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has decided to enthrone Ram Lalla at the sanctum-sanctorum of the Ram Temple at noon on January 22. Vedic rituals for the Pran-Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya will begin on January 16, a week before the main ceremony.
A priest from Varanasi, Lakshmi Kant Dixit, will perform the main rituals of the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla on January 22. From January 14 to January 22, Ayodhya will mark the Amrit Mahotsav. Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, holds great spiritual, historical, and cultural significance for the people of India

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