The Congress party’s top leadership, including party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, senior leader Sonia Gandhi, and Member of Parliament Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, has officially declined the invitation to attend the Ram Temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Congress criticized the event, claiming that it has been turned into a “political project” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for “electoral gain.”
Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh expressed skepticism about the motives behind the inauguration of what he referred to as an “incomplete” temple by the leaders of the BJP and the RSS. The statement issued by Ramesh suggested that the Congress leadership views the Ram Temple ceremony as a political move rather than a purely religious or cultural event.
Last month, Congress President and Rajya Sabha Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and Lok Sabha Leader of the Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury were extended invitations to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, scheduled for January 22, 2024.
While declining the invitation, the Congress leaders emphasized their respect for religious and cultural diversity but asserted their reservations about the alleged politicization of the Ram Temple event. The statement questioned the timing and intent behind the inauguration, accusing the ruling BJP and its ideological ally RSS of using the sacred occasion for electoral purposes.
This move by the Congress leadership further underscores the deep-rooted political divisions surrounding the Ram Temple issue, which has been a source of contention in Indian politics for decades. As the date of the ceremony approaches, it remains to be seen how this decision will be received by various sections of the public and its potential impact on the political landscape in the run-up to the next elections.
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