Ahead of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)’s Dharma Sabha on Sunday, the twin towns of Ayodhya and Faizabad have turned into a virtual fortress with multiple layers of security as “two lakh Ram bhakts, more than what was witnessed in 1992”, are expected at the event.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will also be addressing party workers in the temple town. On Saturday, he had asked the Narendra Modi-led government to wake up from a “Kumbhakarna-like slumber” and declare a date for the construction of the Ram temple.
Yesterday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had finalised the details for the construction of a 221-metre long statue of Ram in Ayodhya.
With the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pulling out all stops to mobilise people for the event, police are taking no chances. Several BJP leaders are also expected to attend the event.
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Ahead of the event, police sources said heavy deployment of security has been made along the roads leading to the disputed site since those reaching Ayodhya for the programmes of the VHP and Shiv Sena are expected to visit the makeshift Ram temple. While the security bandobast stood in full gear, there was no unusual rush on the roads of Ayodhya on Saturday, the eve of the VHP’s Dharma Sabha, except for Shiv Sainiks who walked down the streets with saffron flags. Hotels and dharamshalas in the town were heavily booked, with Shiv Sena leaders, including its MPs, MLAs and workers from Maharashtra, occupying prominent hotels. The BJP and VHP too have booked rooms for their senior functionaries who are likely to land in the city on Sunday.