In Kohima during his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi criticized the upcoming Ram temple consecration ceremony, labeling it a political event orchestrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Context and Statements of Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of transforming the January 22nd function into a political spectacle centered around Prime Minister Modi. He emphasized that the Congress, being inclusive of all religions, finds it challenging to participate in an event aligned with the political agenda of the RSS and BJP.

Referring to Hindu authorities who view the January 22nd ceremony as politically motivated, Gandhi reiterated the Congress’s reluctance to partake in an event designed around the Prime Minister and the RSS.

Congress Declines Invitation

The Congress party declined the invitation for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony. Party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury opted not to attend, releasing a statement asserting that the BJP and RSS accelerated the temple inauguration for electoral gains.

Ceremony Details

The ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony, spanning seven days, commenced on Tuesday, leading up to the main consecration event on January 22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to preside over the grand ceremony, which will witness the participation of saints, celebrities, including sports figures, actors, and industrialists.


Rahul Gandhi’s critique adds a political dimension to the significant religious event, highlighting ongoing political dynamics surrounding the Ram temple consecration. The Congress’s decision to abstain from the ceremony reflects the party’s reservations about the perceived political nature of the event orchestrated by the ruling BJP and its ideological ally, the RSS.

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