As part of the trip to Ayodhya organized by Uttar Pradesh President Satish Mahana, MLAs and MLCs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), along with those from the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), They traveled to the temple. city on Sunday. However, Samajwadi Party (SP) MLAs were conspicuous by their absence after party chief Akhilesh Yadav skipped the trip.
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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Mahana led the MLAs to the Ram Temple complex, and the CM arrived by flight from Pune to Ayodhya. Mahana led the MLAs in 10 buses from Lucknow to Ayodhya. Congress MLA Aradhana Mishra Mona and BSP MLA Umashankar Singh and RLD MLAs traveled with Mahana.
Yadav had told the assembly speaker on Saturday: “I will not go to Ayodhya on your invitation. I will go when Ram Lalla calls me. “First I will do Shiv Aradhana and then I will go to Ayodhya with my entire family.”
Sources say that all SP MLAs will go to Ayodhya when Yadav decides to go, and this has sparked criticism in UP. The absence of SP MLAs was also criticized by the BJP, with Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya saying, “Joh Ram Ka Nahin, Woh Kisi Ka Nahin… these are the people who ordered to open fire on the Ram bhakts in 1990.” .
Mahana said he had invited Yadav along with other SP MLAs, but unfortunately he declined the invitation. Yadav had earlier rejected the invitation for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony on January 22.
In Ayodhya, the CM and the Speaker, along with the MLAs, will visit the Hanumangarhi temple and the Ram Temple complex, where they will spend over four hours taking darshan of Ram Lalla and having bhog lunch at the temple complex.
The visit of the UP MLAs and Cabinet was earlier scheduled for February 1, but it was postponed to February 11, given the large influx of pilgrims at the temple complex.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP is launching a political attack on Yadav for rejecting two invitations to go to the Ram Temple.