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Ayodhya Diwali celebrations LIVE: CM Yogi Adityanath likely to announce Ram statue on Saryu river

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Ayodhya Diwali celebrations LIVE: The BJP had said that plans were afoot for the statue of Ram in Ayodhya. (Express Photo)

The Uttar Pradesh government has planned grand celebrations in Ayodhya as part of Diwali, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath likely to announce the construction of a 150 feet statue of Ram on Saryu river. Over 5,000 volunteers have been deployed for making preparations for the grand festivities. The celebration is also set to create a world record of lighting the maximum number of diyas at one time.

Adityanath is joined by the first lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook, who is on a visit to India. To begin the day’s activities, Adityanath will inaugurate a sand sculpture of Lord Ram made by sand sculpture Sudarshan Patnaik, followed by laying the foundation stone for the statue of Queen Hook of South Korea.

The BJP had said that plans were afoot for the statue of Ram in Ayodhya after the inauguration of world’s tallest statue in Gujarat of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. UP BJP chief, Mahendra Nath Pandey, said, “Yogi Adityanath, in addition to being the chief minister, is the ‘peethadheeswar’ (head) of a prominent ‘peeth’ and sant. He must have made some plans pertaining to Ayodhya, which is a place of religious interest, pilgrimage and also the birthplace of Lord Ram.”

Rishikesh Upadhyay, the mayor of Ayodhya Municipal Corporation, told PTI, “There is a proposal to install a 151-metre-tall statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya…Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may make an announcement on this on the occasion of Dev Deepawali.”

“The place where the statue will be installed will be finalised after the soil is tested. The statue is likely to come up in the vicinity of Sant Tulsidas Ghat. Officials are looking at two-three sites, after which they will pick the best one,” Upadhyay, a BJP leader, added.

The BJP leader’s remarks came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modiinaugurated an imposing 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first home minister, in Gujarat.

The Uttar Pradesh unit chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mahendra Nath Pandey, said, “Yogi Adityanath, in addition to being the chief minister, is the ‘peethadheeswar’ (head) of a prominent ‘peeth’ and sant. He must have made some plans pertaining to Ayodhya, which is a place of religious interest, pilgrimage and also the birthplace of Lord Ram.”

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