Haryana Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma of the BJP has said the state government plans to take people on Volvo buses from different districts to Ayodhya’s Ram Temple in February.
The minister said the buses from each of the districts would be arranged keeping in view the demand from the area in particular. “When people from the entire world go to Ayodhya by air, railways, buses and private vehicles, who would like our Volvos and other buses of Haryana roadways not to go there?” asked the minister, adding that the people have a lot of enthusiasm and craze about the religious place.
Haryana BJP chief spokesperson Sanjay Sharma told The Indian Express that the senior citizens from the state will be taken to Ayodhya free of cost in February. As per initial plans, 200-300 people would be taken from each of the 22 districts of the state, he said.
Only top BJP leaders from the state, including Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Home Minister Anil Vij, will go to Ayodhya to attend the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple on January 22.
According to the BJP leaders, there are no plans for large-scale mobilisation of people from Haryana to go to Ayodhya for the temple inauguration, considering the VVIP movement and the large crowds expected there. The celebrations will be held locally, especially at the temples in Haryana on January 22, said sources.
BJP state media co-coordinator Sanjay Ahuja said people are excited about the Ram Temple inauguration and religious events like ‘Nagar Kirtan’ would be held at a local level on January 22. Party sources said Ramayana Path will be held at the temples from January 14 to January 22.