Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar on Wednesday declined an invite from the Ram temple trust for the consecration ceremony of the new Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22.
In a letter to the trust, the former MP and grandson of Dr. B R Ambedkar said that his grandfather had warned that ‘that if the parties place creed above country, our independence will be put in jeopardy a second time and probably be lost for ever.’”
“I received an invitation for the inauguration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. I will NOT be attending the said event because the event has been appropriated by the BJP-RSS; a religious event has become a political campaign for electoral gains,” said Prakash Ambedkar.
“The fear of my grandfather has become a reality today. BJP-RSS, which ‘place creed over country’ has appropriated the religious event for its political gains,” VBA chief alleged.
He concluded his statement with the slogans “Jai Phule, Jai Savitri, Jai Shahu, and Jai Bhim.”
The Ram temple stands where the Babri Masjid, which was torn down by a mob of Hindu nationalists on 6 December, 1992, earlier stood. The construction began after the Supreme Court of India on 9 November 2019 ordered the entire land to be allocated for the temple, granting amnesty to the perpetrators of the mosque demolition.