After walking a tightrope on commenting politically on the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Congress finally made its stance clear, with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra calling the event a “marker” of national unity, brotherhood and cultural harmony.
In a statement ahead of the ‘bhoomi poojan’ of the Ram temple on Wednesday, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the chief guest, Priyanka Gandhi said for ages Lord Ram’s character had served as a source of unity for the entire Indian sub-continent.
Senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor tweeted ahead of the historic foundation laying ceremony of Ram mandir in Uttar Pradesh’s temple town of Ayodhya on Wednesday.
Congress MP Tharoor said that Lord Ram epitomises “justice for all, righteous conduct, fairness and firmness in all dealings, moral rectitude and courage”. These values are much needed in such dark times, Tharoor added.
He said if these values spread throughout the land, “Ram Rajya would not be an occasion for triumphalist bigotry”.
Sibal, on the other hand, did not directly refer to the bhoomi pujan event but wove his tweet around “matters of faith”. In his tweet, Sibal said some events are destined to take place.
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