Last update: 05 Aug 2022, 22:04 IST
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday asked the Congress to apologize to the nation for insulting Ram devotees by protesting in black clothes on the day the construction of the Ram temple began in Ayodhya two years ago. The Chief Minister linked the Congress protest with the laying of the foundation stone of the Ayodhya temple in 2020 after the Supreme Court’s historic verdict on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.
In a video message, Adityanath slammed the opposition for staging protests in black clothes while the people of the country were observing “Ayodhya Day”. He accused the Congress of playing with people’s devotion to Lord Rama. “Congress has been protesting in normal clothes for some days, but today when the country is celebrating Ayodhya Day, protesting in black clothes is highly unacceptable,” Adityanath said.
“This is an insult to Ram devotees and also to the Supreme Court’s verdict,” he said. In Delhi, the Union Home Minister on Friday similarly linked the Congress protest to the construction of the Ram temple.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on August 5, 2020. Adityanath said crores of people are celebrating Ayodhya Day and Congress has again played with their emotions.
“The Congress will apologize to the nation for this despicable act,” he said. Wearing black, Congress leaders took to the streets on Friday to protest against inflation and unemployment.
Among those detained by the police in the national capital are Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Protests were also held in many other states.
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