Hindu groups request CM to withdraw lockdown ahead of bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya
Hindu organizations in West Bengal have urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to withdraw her decision to impose a total lockdown in the state on Wednesday, August 5.
In a letter, Hindu Jagran Manch on Tuesday requested Banerjee to instruct the state administration and police to “extend their absolute cooperation” to enable Hindus in Bengal to offer puja and perform rituals when the Bhoomi puja takes place in Ayodhya.
“Hindus in the state will be offering payers and pujas at various temples, river banks and other community centers in the state inclusion of such a sacred day in the lockdown will certainly bring about too much pain and agony for our Hindu brothers and sisters,” the letter states.
Echoing the sentiment, Bengal BJP president slammed the state government for its decision. Ghosh said if the state govt could change the lockdown dates multiple times, why couldn't it change one more time respecting the sentiments of Hindus in the state.
“If they could change lockdown dates multiple times, why not change it for Lord Ram? When whole country is in the grip of Lord Ram, how can Bengal stay away,” Ghosh said.
Meanwhile, Visva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal members campaigned across Bengal, raising “Jai Shree Ram” chants and distributing diyas urging people to celebrate Diwali on Wednesday evening on the occasion. Hindu Jagran Manch activists converged outside a temple in north Kolkata to conduct an aarti ahead of the Ayodhya event.
Terming it a dream come true, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar too said he will take part in the celebrations on Wednesday.
“Bhoomi Pujan ceremony at Ayodhya to mark the beginning of the construction of Ram Mandir. Joy and ecstasy amongst millions all over globe- a dream come true. Will celebrate at Raj Bhawan with lighting of ‘diyas’. Historic Supreme Court judgment paved the way,” Dhankar tweeted.