This is Adityanath's first visit, post taking charge as the state's Chief Minister.
This was Adityanath's first visit to Ayodhya after he took over as Uttar Pradesh chief minister. The Chief Minister said that due to the step motherly treatment of the previous Samajwadi and Bahujan Samaj Party governments, Ayodhya and Saryu have not got the respect they deserve because of their historical and religious importance. On his arrival at Hanumangarhi, the CM was greeted with the chant of "Jai Shri Ram" and "Ram Lalla Hum Aayenge, Mandir Wahin Banaayenge".
The visit assumes significance as it comes a day after criminal conspiracy charges were framed against top BJP leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case by a CBI special court.More news: President Of India Election On July 17, Announces Election Commission Of India
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Also, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP's Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara were summoned to present themselves before the court in person.
Accompanied by Mahant Dharam Das and a few other leaders, the CM offered prayers to the deity at the makeshift temple under the tent, spending about half-an-hour at the disputed site and later proceeded to the banks of river Saryu. While rejecting the discharge petition brought by the accused, directed that the trial be conducted on a day-to-day basis and wrapped up within two years.
Senior officials of the Yogi Adityanath government told ET that a link road to join the Uttar Pradesh expressway to Ayodhya and Varanasi has been approved by Yogi Adityanath government.
The Chief Minister is expected to address BJP workers and attend a law and order meeting before returning to Lucknow later on Wednesday evening.