BJP leader Uma Bharti on Monday said that she has decided not the attend the Ayodhya Ram Temple "bhoomi pujan" ceremony on August 5 and will visit the site after PM Modi and hundreds of other guests leave. Bharti took the decision as a precautionary measure amid COVID-19 outbreak.
Ever since she heard about BJP president Amit Shah and other party leaders testing positive, Ms. Bharti said she had been anxious for Mr. Modi. He is now admitted to a hospital in the national capital.
"Destiny made me perform a pivotal duty in the form of Ram Rath Yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1990 which helped galvanise aspirations, energies and passions of its countless participants", said Mr Advani, who became the face of the temple movement, with his rath yatras dominating politics in the late-'80s and early '90s.
"I will reach for a darshan of Ram Lalla only after Narendra Modi and the others in the gathering leave", she said. "I will be on the bank of the Saryu river during the foundation stone-laying ceremony".
"There is a possibility that I might come in contact with an infected person".
"I will reach there only after everyone has left the spot", Bharti added.
Uma, 61, further wrote: "I have given the information to the senior officers of Ram Janmbhoomi trust in Ayodhya and the Prime Minister's Office to remove my name from the list of those groups who would be present there..."
It also directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a "prominent" place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.
Entire Ayodhya has been decked up ahead of August 5 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for construction of the Ram temple. RSS chief Mohan Bhawat is also likely to be present at the site.