A file photo of BJP leader Uma Bharti. | Photo: ANI
A file photo of BJP leader Uma Bharti. | Photo: ANI
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Lucknow: Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti has decided to skip the bhoomi pujan of Ram temple on 5 August as she is concerned about the health of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to attend the event in Ayodhya.

The BJP leader said on Twitter Monday that she has asked the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to remove her name from the list of invitees.

She expressed concern for the invitees, especially the PM, in view of the news that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other BJP leaders have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Ever since I heard about @AmitShah ji and @BJP4UP leaders being corona positive since yesterday, I have been concerned about the people who will be present at the event in Ayodhya especially @narendramodi ji,” she said in her Hindi tweets.

She has informed the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas that she will be “on the banks of the river Sarayu in Ayodhya” at the time of the programme.

Bharti said she will leave from Bhopal Monday itself but as there is a possibility that she may come in contact with an infected person during the travel. “In such a situation, I have decided to keep a distance from the place and I will offer prayers to Ram Lalla once the event is over and Prime Minister has left,” she posted in her Twitter thread.

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The Ayodhya event

The former BJP minister had said Friday that she would attend the ground-breaking ceremony this week.

“I have been asked by senior officers of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas to reach Ayodhya on August 4, and stay till there till August 6,” she had tweeted.

A host of senior BJP, RSS and VHP leaders associated with the Ram Temple movement, and saints from across the country are among the invitees for the ground-breaking ceremony. PM Modi is scheduled to participate in the ceremony being organised by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust.

The trust has gone ahead with its arrangements for the ground-breaking ceremony amid the Covid pandemic, saying all safety protocols will be followed.

Also read: Loudspeakers, LED screens, 3D rangolis — ‘limited entry’ plan for Ram temple event in Ayodhya


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