Yogi Adityanath’s Ram Temple Speech: Subtle Criticism of Mulayam Yadav Highlighted

Yogi Adityanath’s Ram Temple Speech

“Gunshots and curfews will no longer be a part of Ayodhya’s reality,” declared Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the grand consecration ceremony at Ram Temple. This statement subtly criticized Samajwadi Party’s patriarch and former Chief Minister, the late Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was in power when at least 17 kar sevaks were killed in Ayodhya due to police firing in 1990.

“Obstacles in Ayodhya’s parikrama will be a thing of the past. The sound of bullets will no longer reverberate in Ayodhya’s lanes. There will be no more curfews. Deepotsav and Ramotsav will be the new norm. The alleys will resonate with Ram kirtans as today’s establishment of Ram Lalla signifies the commencement of Ram Rajya,” said Mr Adityanath, addressing the crowd post the consecration ceremony led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Interestingly, Mr Adityanath was the sole BJP Chief Minister present at the grand event and was also inside the temple’s sanctum sanctorum during the rituals.

His allusion to the 1990 incidents was a subtle jab at the Samajwadi Party, currently the state’s main opposition, led by Mr Yadav’s son and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav. Despite being invited to the ceremony, Akhilesh Yadav stated he would visit the temple later. Mr Adityanath’s comments were also made in light of Opposition leaders, including Akhilesh Yadav, abstaining from the event.

What Transpired In 1990?

The Ram Janmabhoomi movement was gaining momentum following the Rath Yatra led by BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani. Tensions were escalating in Ayodhya. As BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders began rallying people, Mr Yadav had deployed a large force. “No bird would be able to fly into Ayodhya,” he had famously proclaimed then. On October 30, a multitude of devotees marched to Ayodhya after state police obstructed bus and train services. The protesters clashed with the police on the road leading to the now-demolished Babri Masjid.

In one instance, a sadhu commandeered a security bus and drove through the barricades. The police retaliated by pursuing the protesters and enforcing a severe crackdown. Similar clashes occurred on November 1, resulting in at least 17 deaths due to police firing.

The Aftermath The Mulayam Singh Yadav administration faced backlash for the police firing. In his defense, he termed it a “painful, yet necessary” decision, citing the high court’s directive to maintain peace at the disputed site.

The following year, Mr Yadav lost the Assembly election, and the BJP assumed power. Kalyan Singh was appointed as the Chief Minister, and it was during his tenure that the Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.