Members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) brought three trucks full of stones for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday saying that more such trucks will come soon.
The stones that will eventually be shifted to the Ram Janmabhoomi were offloaded at Karsevak Puram using cranes. This is the place where the stones for temple have been carved and finished since 1990, that is, from even before demolition of the Babri Masjid.
Prior to this, two truckloads of stones had reached Ayodhya on June 19.
NDTV reports VHP saying that Akhilesh Yadav, the previous chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, had not allowed entry of the stones into Ayodhya but as Yogi Adityanath has assumed power, there is no problem.
Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas says,
With Yogi as CM and a BJP government at the Centre, the temple construction should start very soon.
Earlier, when the first two trucks of stones for the construction of Ram temple were brought to Ayodhya on December 20, 2015, the then Samajwadi Party government headed by Akhilesh Yadav had imposed a ban on bringing more such construction stones.
After visiting the Ram Janmabhoomi in the month of May, Adityanath became the first chief minister in more than 15 years to visit the disputed spot. He had also suggested a mutual settlement of the dispute over the construction of a Ram Mandir.
On the other hand, litigants of Babri Masjid wonder if they should also start bringing building material for the construction of a Mosque.
Haji Mehboob, one of the litigants of Babri Masjid says,
When the administration also seems to be with them, the only option I see is that we should also start getting stones, carve them and start getting a Masjid constructed. What else is left now?
However, with the dispute still going on in court, there is little chance that the stones brought by VHP will be able to make their way to the disputed site in the near future. But ever since Yogi Adityanath has assumed power in Uttar Pradesh, politics and clashes over the matter have escalated by a great extent.