Hum­bled that I played a piv­otal role: Ad­vani

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NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party pa­tri­arch Lal Kr­ishna Ad­vani on Tues­day said he feels hum­bled that dur­ing the Ram Jan­mab­hoomi move­ment, des­tiny made him per­form a piv­otal duty in the form of the Ram Rath ya­tra which was taken out from Som­nath in Gu­jarat to Ay­o­d­hya in Ut­tar Pradesh in 1990.

“Some­times sig­nif­i­cant dreams in one’s life take a long time to fruition. But when they are fi­nally re­alised, the wait be­comes very worth­while. One such dream, close to my heart is now get­ting ful­filled,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to the temple’s con­struc­tion he said, “On this aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion, I want to ex­press my grat­i­tude to the scores of saints, lead­ers and peo­ple from In­dia and the world over who made valu­able con­tri­bu­tions and sac­ri­fices in the Ram Jan­mab­hoomi move­ment. And I am also very happy that due to the de­ci­sive ver­dict of the Supreme Court in Novem­ber 2019, the con­struc­tion of Shri Ram Mandir is get­ting started in an en­vi­ron­ment of tran­quil­ity. This will go a long way in strength­en­ing the bond be­tween In­di­ans.” The day he said is his­tor­i­cal and emo­tional not only for him but all In­di­ans.

Ad­vani who was the face of the Ram Jan­mab­hoomi move­ment, along with se­nior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi is also an ac­cused in the Babri Masjid de­mo­li­tion case. Last month Ad­vani sat through the fi­nal de­po­si­tion in the case through a video con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­ity; the ver­dict by a CBI special court is ex­pected to come by Au­gust 30.

A con­tro­versy was also stoked about the in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the cer­e­mony not be­ing sent to Ad­vani, Joshi and for­mer UP chief min­is­ter Kalyan Singh. A func­tionary of the Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad, how­ever, said the in­vi­ta­tions were sent out but the lead­ers were re­quested to join the cer­e­mony through video con­fer­enc­ing “since there is a pan­demic and all three of them are el­derly”.

Ad­vani’s state­ment made no ref­er­ence to the in­vi­ta­tion, he in­stead said, “It is my be­lief that the Shri Ram Mandir will rep­re­sent In­dia as a strong, pros­per­ous, peace­ful and har­mo­nious na­tion with jus­tice for all and ex­clu­sion of none to truly usher in Ram Ra­jya, the epit­ome of good gov­er­nance.”

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