The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the Goan temple committees to illuminate temples, hold aartis, sound the temple bells and display fireworks on August 5, in commemoration of Ram Bhoomi Pujan at Ayodhya.
Coming out with this appeal, president of the state BJP unit Sadanand Tanawade said that the people of Goa should also light diyas, traditional lamps in their respective homes, on this auspicious day as the collective dream of countless Indians will come true on August 5, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone and perform the Bhoomi Pujan.
“The BJP workers in Goa will raise related banners all over the state, with the photograph of Ram Mandir and Lord Ram,” he said, adding, “These banners will however have no mention of the BJP.”
Senior BJP leader Rajendra Arlekar, speaking at this press conference, said that the construction of the Ram temple is strictly not a religions matter, but linked to the identity of Indians.
“When Mughal Emperor Babar invaded India, he ordered demolition of Ram Mandir and construction of a mosque over it, which eventually was known as Babri Masjid,” he stated, pointing out that the Mughal Emperor, by demolishing the temples in the country, wanted to damage the identity of Indians.
Arlekar stated that 100 Goan BJP workers had visited Ayodhya in 1990 for Kar Seva, as also 350 BJP workers has visited the place in 1992, including Manohar Parrikar to offer their Kar Seva.
The senior BJP leader also stated that no Goan BJP worker would travel to Ayodhya on August 5, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas of Ayodhya has invited limited people for the event, and no one from Goa will be present at the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony,” he noted.
Arlekar also recalled that the BJP at its Palampur – Himachal Pradesh – convention in 1989, had adopted a resolution to build a temple at the birth place of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, and followed it to the end with total commitment.