“Chairman Congress parliamentary party Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge have been invited to the inauguration of the Ram Temple.A decision will be taken at an appropriate time, and communicated at an appropriate time,” Congress general secretary (Communications) Jairam Ramesh said.
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The consecration ceremony will span over seven days from January 16, culminating in the consecration of the Ram Lala idol on January 22. The ceremony is anticipated to attract visitors from across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and more than 6,000 people are expected to attend the “Pran Pratistha”, or the consecration ceremony of the Ram Lalla idol.
Only those with valid invites from Ram temple trust or on government duty would be allowed to enter Ayodhya on January 22.
Elaborate arrangements are being made for the event including the installation of boom barriers, bollards, and CCTV cameras at all entrances.
Boom barriers, also known as tyre killers, serve to prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering a property, effectively blocking roadways and access points to various establishments such as hotels and offices. In terms of surveillance, extensive CCTV coverage has been established, with a central command control center in both yellow and red zones. These centers store footage from cameras throughout the city, with a 90-day recording capacity.
Political leaders from various parties are being invited for the event, with state units of Congress already announcing their participation. The Ayodhya issue is gaining significance ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.