Days after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’ Statue of Unity was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seems to follow his path. Yogi is likely to install a ‘Statue of Lord Ram’ on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya.
The ‘Statue of Lord Ram’ will be 100 metres in length and will be placed on a 36-metres tall pedestal. It is going to cost state government Rs 330 crore.
“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,” Rishikesh Upadhyay, also the mayor of Ayodhya Municipal Corporation, told PTI.
“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.
Yogi Ji mukhyamantri ke saath-saath bahut bade sant hain. Nishchit roop se unhone Ayodhya ke liye yojana banayi hai. Diwali aane dijiye,khushkhabri ki pratiksha kijiye…Mukhyamantri ke haathon wo yojana saamne aayegi to uchit hoga:UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey on #RamMandir pic.twitter.com/DM2HWvrhZJ
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The UP unit chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mahendra Nath Pandey, as quoted by PTI as saying, “Yogi Adityanath, in addition to being the chief minister, is the ‘peethadheeswar’ (head) of a prominent ‘peeth’ and saint. He must have made some plans pertaining to Ayodhya, which is a place of religious interest, pilgrimage and also the birthplace of Lord Ram.”
Mahendra Nath Pandey had earlier told the media that the people should wait for Diwali to get some good news on Ram Mandir.