India From Ayodhya, A Rath Yatra Begins Today, Will Travel Through 6 States

07:23  13 february  2018
07:23  13 february  2018 Source:   ndtv.com

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Ayodhya DeQoded | E05: The Rath Yatra . The yatra began in Somnath on 25 September 1990, and passed through hundreds of villages and cities. It traveled 300 kilometers a day, and Advani often addressed six public rallies in a single day.

The planned route of Advani's Rath Yatra , beginning in Somnath on 25 September 1990 and ending in Ayodhya on 30 October. The yatra began in Somnath on 25 September 1990, and passed through hundreds of villages and cities. It traveled 300 kilometers a day, and Advani often addressed six

  From Ayodhya, A Rath Yatra Begins Today, Will Travel Through 6 States

Ayodhya: Days before the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit is expected to come up before the Supreme Court for the final hearing, a "Ram Rajya Rath Yatra" backed by the right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, will be launched from the temple town today. The rally would pass through six states over the next two months before ending at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

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The campaign for a Ram temple at Ayodhya, started in the 1990s by LK Advani, helped the BJP become a major political force in the country. Over the last few years the matter had been pushed to the back pages of the BJP manifesto, even for the last year's assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

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Days after the Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit on February 8, a rath yatra backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh will start from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and culminate in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, after travelling through

The yatra will pass through six states — Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This will be followed by the Shobha Yatra of the Rath from 4pm to 6pm from Karsewakpuram, Ayodhya . Featured Today In Travel .

But after taking over power in the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the priest-politician from Gorakhpur, has assured that building a Ram temple in Ayodhya is a key agenda. With a grand show in the temple town on Diwali eve and multiple plans for religious tourism, the saffron-clad Chief Minister has signalled that the matter is a priority for his government.

The Ram Rajya Rath Yatra will be flagged off on Tuesday evening from Karsevakpuram -- a workshop set up in by the VHP in the 1990s, where workers carve pillars in the hope they will be used in the construction of the Ram Temple one day.

The rath - a converted Tata mini truck -- would travel through BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra as well as Karnataka, where the party is hoping to wrest power from the Congress in this year's assembly elections. The last stretch of journey will be through Kerala, where the BJP is trying to expand its footprint.

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Barely a week after its leader Ashok Singhal said L. K. Advani took out a rath yatra in 1990 to use the Ayodhya Ram temple issue for his personal The rath will pass through Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and Buxar in Bihar and enter Nepal via Courtesy: Mail Today . For more news from India Today

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The yatra is being officially organised by a Maharashtra-based social organisation, and it will see participation from organisations like the VHP and the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, which are affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh - the BJP's ideological mentor.

Leaders from non-BJP ruled states like Kerala say they are not comfortable with the idea, especially in view of the 1990 rath yatra held by LK Advani, which had triggered violence in parts of the country.

Senior CPM leader MA Baby from Kerala admitted that he was "very apprehensive" and hoped the yatra won't materialize.

Calling the idea "divisive", the CPM politbureau member said it was an effort by the BJP to deflect the political discourse following its huge loss in the recent by-elections in Rajasthan, especially in view of the 2019 general elections. "Communal polarisation is the political plank on which BJP and Modi, especially the RSS, is dependent on," he said.

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The Ram Rajya Rath reached Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya from Mumbai on Saturday, to begin its 41-day Rath Yatra starting February 13, on Shivratri. The yatra will pass several states and end in Ayodhya on Ram Navmi. Travel .

The planned route of Advani's Rath Yatra , beginning in Somnath on 25 September 1990 and ending in Ayodhya on 30 October. Communal riotsEdit. Through the course of the yatra , the participants were frequently aided by the governments of the states they passed through .

The organisers of the yatra dismissed any suggestion of political motives. "It is not our fault that the election is coming up. We are not holding this yatra to campaign for the BJP," said Maharishi Shanta Bandhi of the Shri Ramdas Mission Universal Society, the chief organizer of the yatra.  Sharad Sharma, long time spokesperson of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, agreed. "The intention is that a grand Ram Temple should be built in Ayodhya".

The yatra plans have also made the Muslim litigants backing the demand for a Babri masjid chary.

Zafaryab Gilani of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which recently made it clear that they will not give up their demand for a masjid, said they will consult their lawyers "if there is any interference in the matters of the court". He also demanded that the government look into the issue, since a "rath yatra is a matter of law and order".

Nearly 2,000 people had been killed following the demolition of the Babri masjid in December 1992. The thousands of right-wing activists who razed the mosque, said it had been built on a temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram.

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