Ram statue proposal: AIMPLB calls it 'illegal, unconstitutional'

Ram statue proposal: AIMPLB calls it 'illegal, unconstitutional'

Ram statue proposal: AIMPLB calls it 'illegal, unconstitutional'

The project is part of the government's plan to provide public transport to 40,000 villages in the next four years.The 45-year-old priest-politician, who is always attired in saffron, said his government is committed to ensure safe and comfortable transport to the people.The Sankalp scheme will charge normal fare unlike the Lohiya rural bus service that gives a 25% discount.

This comes amid a controversy over a recent tourism booklet released by the Uttar Pradesh tourism ministry. It will be among the tallest statues in the world-the record is held by the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China, which stands 153m in height, though the proposed Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai could take the crown by a few metres.

The communique stated that the statue will be build at Saryughat after clearance from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

After a presentation by Tourism Principal Secretary, Awanish Awasthi, the proposal has been sent to Governor Ram Naik. State's Basic Education Department has already replaced school bags carrying former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's photograph with saffron-coloured bags, to be distributed to government primary schools.

Yogi Adityanath government has proposed to build a Lord Ram's "grand statue" in Ayodhya, latest reports say.

The presentation also included information on programmes scheduled for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya on October 18.

An aarti is planned on the banks of the Saryu River on the eve of Diwali and thousands of earthen lamps or diyas will be lit in the town. "I will also invite the governor for this", Adityanath had said recently in Gorakhpur. It is at a conceptual stage right now, there are many other proposals for different tourist destinations across Uttar Pradesh and this is one of them.

While the Adityanath government's stated objective behind the installation of the grand Lord Ram statue may be to promote Ayodhya as a religious tourism destination, the obviously political motivations behind the move can not be discounted.

He said the Centre has sanctioned around Rs 133 crore for making it a major tourism hub.

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