Ayodhya: Without making a reference about construction of Ram temple, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that Faizabad district would be renamed as Ayodhya while the new medical college would be named after Raja Dashrath.
He also announced setting up of an airport in Ayodhya which will be named after Maryada Purshottam Ram.
When Yogi started his speech during Deepotasava here on Tuesday, the air was pregnant with expectations that he might make an announcement about construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya. Because a day earlier he had said in Haridwar that he will make a big announcement in Ayodhya. People were also expecting him to say something about construction of proposed statue of Lord Rama which is expected to come up at the banks of river Saryu.
But, Chief Minister preferred to stay away from making any contentious announcement. In his oblique reference to the aspirations of the people he said: "I know what whole of Ayodhya wants. I want to assure you that no injustice will be done to Ayodhya."
It is believed that when he talked about aspiration he meant construction of Ram Temple because a delegation of saints met Chief Minister when he arrived at Ayodhya and had a closed door meeting. When Yogi started his speech a Sadhu came and gave a paper slip to him which people thought contained `what Sadhus want CM to say'.
During the speech people raised slogans demanding construction of Ram temple immediately. "Yogi ek kaam karo, Ram Mandir ka nirman Karo," was the slogan raised by the crowd.
But Yogi preferred to tow a middle path asking people to listen to him.
In his about 20 minute speech he declared that Faizabad district will be renamed as Ayodhya as "no one can compromise with the prestige of this place." He also declared that the medical college, which is under construction, will be known as Raja Dashrath Medical College while the airport will be named after Lord Ram. CM even said that Ram ki pauri in Ayodhya will be developed on the line of Har ki Pauri in Haridwar and no nullah will be allowed to directly throw its effluent in Saryu river. He also talked about government plan of underground cabling.
"When we talk about Lord Ram, one conjures up an image of Ram Rajya. In last four and half years, the Narendra Modi Government has worked to bring Ram Rajya. Policies have been launched under which 36 crore bank accounts of poor people have been opened in which over Rs 86,000 crore has been deposited. Under Aayushman Bharat scheme poor are given free health care while they are also given free electric and gas connections. This is what a Ram Rajya where all the people are getting benefits from the state," he said. He said Prime Minister has proposed a Ramayana Circuit starting from Janakpuri to Sri Lanka. This circuit would be the embodiment of India's policy that it wants peace. Earlier in the day he inaugurated projects worth Rs 176 crore for twin cities of Ayodhya and Faizabad. Governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik, Governor of Bihar Lalji Tandon and MoS External Affairs Gen (retd) VK Singh also spoke on the occasion. UNI