Ayodhya/New Delhi: The ongoing Ram temple inauguration programme in Ayodhya took a turn on Wednesday as the Congress party declared its stance – none of its leaders will attend the ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22.
This decision, announced by Sonia Gandhi and party president Mallikarjun Kharge, adds a layer of political complexity to the highly anticipated event. While acknowledging the 2019 Supreme Court verdict and respecting the sentiments of Lord Ram devotees, the Congress statement labeled the inauguration as an “RSS/BJP event.”
This characterization suggests underlying political reservations beyond simple attendance. Notably, the decision comes after media reports indicated opposition leaders, including Congress, received invitations roughly 15 days ago.
Sources hinted that the Lok Sabha elections, due in 2024, played a role in the party’s internal discussions. Ultimately, the Congress chose to distance itself from the event, viewing it as potentially benefiting the ruling BJP and its ideological affiliate, the RSS.
This development injects a new angle into the Ram temple narrative, already charged with historical, religious, and political significance. The Congress’s refusal to participate raises questions about potential polarization and how other opposition parties might respond. As the January 22 date approaches, the political landscape surrounding the Ram temple inauguration promises to remain captivating.