The upcoming consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22 has stirred a delicate situation involving veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. Despite an earlier suggestion from Ramjanmabhoomi Teerthkshetra Trust general secretary Champat Rai that it might be better for them not to attend, both leaders have received formal invitations from VHP chief Alok Kumar and senior RSS leaders.
In a surprising turn of events, VHP chief Alok Kumar, accompanied by senior RSS leaders Ramlal and Krishna Gopal, visited L K Advani at his Delhi residence on Tuesday to formally invite him for the historic consecration ceremony. The VHP released a statement confirming that both Advani, at 96, and Joshi, at 89, have been invited to the Ram Temple event. According to the statement, both leaders expressed their intent to try attending the ceremony.
Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi hold significant historical roles in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. They were at the forefront of the campaign that advocated for the construction of the Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. The invitation extended to them for the consecration ceremony holds symbolic importance, recognizing their contributions to the long-standing cause.
The initial suggestion by Champat Rai that it might be better for Advani and Joshi not to attend raised eyebrows and fueled speculation about the dynamics at play. The suggestion was seen by some as an attempt to keep the focus on the present leadership and the younger generation within the BJP. However, the subsequent formal invitation indicates a different approach, emphasizing unity and acknowledging the role of the veterans in shaping the party’s trajectory.
About Advani and Joshi Invited for Ram Temple Consecration:
The invitation extended to Advani and Joshi carries symbolic weight, highlighting the unity within the BJP and the broader Sangh Parivar. It recognizes the collective effort that spanned decades to realize the construction of the Ram Temple. The presence of these stalwarts at the consecration ceremony could serve as a unifying force, bridging generational gaps within the party and reinforcing a sense of continuity.
As the date for the consecration of the Ram Temple approaches, the formal invitation to Advani and Joshi has added an intriguing dimension to the narrative. It remains to be seen whether the veteran leaders will attend the event, but the gesture itself reflects a nuanced balance between acknowledging historical contributions and paving the way for the party’s future. The Ram Temple, a symbol of cultural and religious significance, continues to bring together leaders of different generations in a shared celebration of a long-awaited milestone.