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Ram Rajya Rath Yatra flags off, will it find any takers?

The Rath Yatra will pass from as much as six states finally concluding in Tamil Nadu’s Rameshwaram on March 22.

In a sharp reminder of a Rath Yatra headed by senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the members of Bharatiya Janata Party and Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday inaugurated the ‘Ram Rajya Rath Yatra’. The Yatra is organized by the Shri Ramdas Mission Universal Society which is based in Maharashtra. The Rath Yatra was flagged off by VHP general secretary Champat Rai in Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya. The Yatra will cover the same route that Ram took to reach Lanka.

The Rath Yatra will pass from as much as six states finally concluding in Tamil Nadu’s Rameshwaram on March 22. The purpose of the Yatra is to gather the support of people from different regions for the construction of Ram Temple on the disputed land in Ayodhya. However, it is not their only aim. The group also plans to propose bringing “Ram Rajya”. As a part of this ‘Ram Rajya’, the group is demanding including Ramayana to be inducted officially in the school syllabus, declaring Thursday as the official weekly off instead of Sunday and observing ‘National Hindu Day’, among others.

Many local BJP leaders including Faizabad BJP MP Lallu Singh, Ayodhya’s BJP Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay along with other Saints, religious leaders took the pledge to build the Ram temple. The matter is now in Supreme Court where the final hearing is underway. Supreme Court, however, said that it would treat the matter strictly as a “land dispute”.

As per the schedule of the Rath Yatra, the procession will stop in every state at designated places. At those halts, local residents will be asked to pledge for the solidarity in the construction of Ram temple. BJP MP Lallu Singh, however, was quick to point out that the party and VHP are not directly related to the Rath Yatra and he decided to attend as the Yatra is aiming for Ram Rajya which is a good cause. He said, “Ram Rajya was approved by Gandhi and Lohia as the best possible rule. Therefore, we decided to be a part of it.”

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