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Uma Bharti, Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya from MP likely to attend Ram temple bhumi pujan | India News – Times of India


BHOPAL: Former union minister Uma Bharti and former cabinet minister Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya are two leaders from Madhya Pradesh who among 300 invitees are likely to attend the Ram temple bhumi pujan on August 5, in Ayodhya. Sources said that the two leaders have so far not received an official invitation from the Ram Temple Trust, it is understood that being closely associated with the Babri Masjid demolition case, they are surely to get an official invitation very soon.
“I have not received any invitation from the temple trust. If I get an official nod, I would surely participate in the ceremony,” Pavaiya told TOI over phone from Gwalior.
Sources disclosed that Bharti and Pavaiya were among the top BJP leaders who have been accused of conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case. Pavaiya was the chief of Bajrang Dal while Bharti was a member of Parliament. She was also one of the major faces of the Ram Janmbhoomi movement alongside BJP patriarch LK Advani. Her fiery speeches were credited for helping the movement achieve its momentum.
When contacted, office staff and family members close to Uma Bharti said that she was unwell. “She would talk about the issue later,” said an assistant at her residence.
The list of invitees to the bhumi pujan is being prepared by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. The event will be telecast live to enable millions of devotees to watch the proceedings. As per the reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the bhumi pujan on August 5.
Sources however, disclosed that the invitation list for the bhumi pujan on the Ram temple is most likely to be finalised by the end of July and messages will be sent to the respective invitees. It is learnt that the Ram temple Trust and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) are taking sincere steps in view of Covid-19 crisis to restrict the entry of invitations to 200 to 300.
The Ram Temple trust has decided to invite all chief ministers to the foundation laying ceremony on August 5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be present in person for laying the foundation stone on the occasion. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has recently been tested Covid positive and undergoing treatment at the hospital will participate in the ceremony depending on his health issues, sources added.
There will be around 100-125 seers and saints and 5 to 6 people from prominent organisations each. All the leaders who had been associated with the Ram temple movement will be invited though, the process of sending invitations has been changed keeping in view of a large number of aspirants.
As part of the arrangements, soil and water from Sangam, which is a confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers, will be taken to Ayodhya for the bhumi pujan. Leaders of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and members of Akhara Parishad in Ujjain are also likely to attend the ceremony as they will be carrying the soil and water of holy river Kshipra to Ayodhya.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh however, said that the government is inviting only leaders affiliated to BJP, RSS and VHP though it is a public function. “The way the invitations have been sent, it has been done in order for BJP to steal the credit for this entirely,” reacted Singh in a statement here.

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