From hoardings of Congress councillors asking people to offer deepmala on January 22 — Ram temple inauguration day — to AAP leaders distributing Akshat (broken rice), from SAD workers asking residents to spread communal harmony to BJP leaders asking people to visit nearby temples and watch live telecast of Maha Aarti, political parties from all quarters have united in the name of Ayodhya.
In Ludhiana, hoardings of Congress councillor Deepika Sunny Bhalla and her husband Sunny Bhalla urging people to decorate their houses and offer deepmala on January 22 have been put up. Former cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu’s pictures can also be seen on these hoardings, which states, ‘Saja do Ghar Utsav sa..mere Prabhu Ram Aayein hain.. sabse baadi Dipawali manayi jayegi..”
“Several of our Congress workers are part of Mandir committees and they are actively inviting people to visit Ayodhya at their convenience. It is a occasion and there is no politics in this. Every Ram Bhakat is happy about this day,” said Ashu.
Mamta Ashu, his wife and a Congress councillor, added that akshat from Ayodhya was distributed in all local mandirs. “I got a kalash of Akshat from our nearest Geeta Mandir. On January 21, Geeta Mandir in Model Gram area will hold Ramayan path and it will continue till January 22 followed by satsang and langar will continue throughout the day. We will also do deepmala in the evening in our houses. I am a proud Hindu and this is a memorable moment for all of us,” she said, adding that she too has distributed akshat to the people.
Ludhiana Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, who was invited by the Geeta Mandir management committee on Saturday, said that the idol there was unveiled on Sunday evening and he had carried ‘Ram Lalla’. Later he shared the video on X and wrote, “Unveiled the idol of Ramchanderji at Geeta Mandir located near Pakhowal road in Vikas Nagar.
JaiSri Ram, # Ramjanambhoomi, # God Rama.”
Echoing similar sentiments, AAP MLA from Atam Nagar Kulwant Sidhu said Ram is for all and January 22 is a big day.
Ludhiana West AAP MLA Gurpreet Gogi added that Ram doesn’t belong to any particular political party. “Every devotee will want to visit Ayodhya whenever they get the chance,” he said.
AAP spokesperson Malwinder Singh Kang said that no one should politicise this event. “Though our party has no specific guidelines for workers but I am sure that everyone is contributing in their area as per their beliefs. Ram Mandir is for one and all and everyone is happy,” he said.
SAD spokesperson Daljeet Singh Cheema said that Akali Dal belives in communal harmony and respect for all religion.
“Ram Mandir inauguration shouldn’t be linked with politics. Our workers respect all religions and if they are distributing pamphlets and asking people to join Ayodhya celebrations, it’s a good thing. This is the real beauty of Punjab, he said.
Akali leader Winnerjit Singh Khadial from Sangrur added that several programmes of Ram mandir inauguration is going on in Sangrur and all are wholeheartedly participating.
Talking about their activities, RSS Prachar Pramukh (Ludhiana) Yashdeep Puri said, “We are visiting every mohalla and village as Ram bhakts and not as representatives of any organisation or political party. We are requesting people to visit their nearest temples on January 22 to watch the live telecast of the inauguration and the Maha Aarti.”
We are asking people to turn every area into a mini Ayodhya as everyone cannot go to Ayodhya personally, he added.
In villages, many deras are also allocating space for the live telecast of the Ram Temple inauguration programme, said BJP workers. Satsangs will be held in several temples on January 22 to mark the event, they added.
Punjab BJP president Sunil Jakhar said, “BJP workers are being told to launch swachhata abhiyan in all religious places… they should light their houses with diyas on January 22.”
Not only politicians, the inauguration has united the common people too. Ludhiana-based hosiery industrialist Mukesh Madaan has made sweaters with Ayodhya inscribed and a photo of the temple on it. BJP leader Gurdeep Singh Gosha is distributing these sweaters to devotees free of cost.