Ayodhya

  • UP police receives intelligence alert for Ayodhya, Mathura, Varanasi July 2, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Police has tightened security arrangements in temple towns of Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi for the upcoming holy month of Shravan after intelligence inputs of possible disturbances. Inspector General of Police (law and order) Amrendra Sengar told reporters that the state police has received an alert from intelligence agencies for...
  • Muslims will soon give nod to Ram temple in Ayodhya: VHP June 8, 2014

    Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday said it was hopeful that the Muslim community will give up its opposition to the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. "We firmly believe the Muslim community will understand this truth... will respect religious sentiments... and will voluntarily give decision with regard to temple construction,"...
  • No anger among BJP leaders in UP over ticket distribution: Vinay Katyal May 7, 2014

    While there were reports that the BJP is divided over ticket being denied to Vinay Katyal from the Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency, he has said that there is no anger amongst the party's cadre over ticket distribution. Lallu Singh has been fielded by the BJP. Nirmal Khatri of Congress is...
  • EC seeks report over Ram's picture on Modi's stage at Faizabad rally May 5, 2014

    Faizabad: Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial nominee, has courted another controversy while addressing a rally in Faizabad, a town less than five kilometres from Ayodhya. Modi addressed the rally with the backdrop of the image of lord Ram. He also invoked Ram's name while making a pitch for...
  • Modi holds rally in Ayodhya's twin city Faizabad amidst 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans May 5, 2014

    Faizabad: At his rally in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, several of Narendra Modi's supporters chanted 'Jai Shri Ram' as the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate delivered an address. Modi's stage also had a huge poster of the Hindu deity behind the stage. The events are significant...
  • Ram temple is BJP issue, not NDA's: Ram Vilas Paswan April 9, 2014

    LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya was a BJP agenda and not that of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). "Ram temple is a BJP issue, it not an issue of the NDA," Paswan, whose party allied with the BJP in...
  • BJP manifesto: Strong growth, zero tolerance on terror, Ram Temple April 7, 2014

    New Delhi: New Delhi: Promising to usher in an era of strong economic growth, job creation, tackling the corruption menace, zero tolerance on terrorism and a strong foreign policy, the Bharatiya Janata Party released its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on Monday, the day the first phase of...
  • Besides 370, Ayodhya, VHP demands jobs for Hindu youths April 5, 2014

    Senior VHP leader Pravin Togadia on Saturday asked the political parties, especially BJP, to promise various concessions and schemes for Hindu community in their manifestos, apart from enactment of law to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya. "We on behalf of the majority of Hindus have demanded that all the political...
  • A Billion Votes: BJP moves EC over Cobrapost sting April 4, 2014

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday reacted strongly to a Cobrapost sting revealing involvement of its top leadership in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in December 1992. The party has now approached the Election Commission against Cobrapost demanding that the telecast of the sting be stopped. ...
  • Cobrapost sting on Babri demolition a Congress conspiracy: BJP April 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday reacted strongly to a Cobrapost sting revealing involvement of its top leadership in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in December 1992. "This is a political conspiracy by the Congress party. The timing of the allegations made is questionable and...
  • Manohar Parrikar was in Ayodhya as `karsevak' in 1992, says Congress April 2, 2014

    The Goa unit of Congress on Wednesday alleged that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was present in Ayodhya in 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished, while BJP termed the allegation as "a manufactured lie". Goa Congress spokesperson Vijay Bhike said in Panaji that there was enough evidence to prove that Parrikar...
  • UP ATS arrests two terrorists planning to attack Varanasi during polls March 27, 2014

    New Delhi: In what can be a major breakthrough, two alleged fidayeen terrorists have been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad in Gorakhpur. They were reportedly on their way to Ayodhya from Gorakhpur. According to the UP ATS, the arrested terrorists are Pakistani nationals. The ATS said that the...
  • Ayodhya: Work on replacing tarpaulin at makeshift temple yet to begin March 23, 2014

    Work related to replacing old tarpaulin and ropes at the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya is yet to begin as authorities have not received the Supreme Court order on the same. The Supreme Court had earlier this month given permission for carrying out work relating to replacing...
  • Why did DMK ally with BJP if it was against kar seva, asks Jaya March 23, 2014

    Hitting back at DMK chief M Karunanidhi over his charge that she had sent volunteers for 'kar seva' in Ayodhya, AIADMK general secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday questioned as to why his party had tied up with BJP in the past if he was so opposed...
  • Build mosque at Ayodhya if you are sorry: Azam Khan to BJP March 3, 2014

    Days after BJP offered to apologise to Muslims over any "mistake", UP Minister Azam Khan on Monday asked the party to build a mosque at Ayodhya to show its true repentance. "BJP people are offering to apologise to Muslims, but these people cannot be believed. If they are really repentant, then...
  • Unidentified assailants shoot chief priest dead in Puredaal February 7, 2014

    A chief priest of a temple in Ayodhya was on Friday shot dead by some unidentified assailants in Puredaal village in Gonda, police said. Ramdev Das (77) of "Ayaram Akhara" of Ayodhya, who had come in Gonda on Thursday along with his disciples to take part in a religious programme in Jhalidham Mandir...
  • Narendra Modi a leader of backward class, says Amit Shah January 26, 2014

    Ballia/Deoria: Attempting an image makeover, BJP general secretary and in-charge of UP Amit Shah projected Narendra Modi as a leader of backward class and said construction of Ram temple was never an election issue. "Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya was not included in the election issue of the party," he...
  • Ram temple group claims to have performed puja inside Babri Masjid January 3, 2014

    A pro-Ram Temple group claimed to have performed religious activities inside the disputed Babri Masjid premises on Thursday, which, however, was rubbished by the local administration. Representatives of the Shri Ram Sewa Samiti claimed that the local administration have granted them permission following which they have installed a Kalash (Urn) after the religious rituals at the shrine...
  • Man accused of killing youth in a mosque found dead December 31, 2013

    The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday claimed to have solved the murder of a youth brutally killed inside the premises of a mosque in Ayodhya a few days ago. Mohammad Danish was found murdered on December 20 inside the mosque, located in the premises of the mausoleum of Hazrat Shish Paigambar, a very prominent religious...
  • BJP President compares Narendra Modi with Lord Rama January 6, 2014

    Ranchi: BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday compared the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi with Lord Rama. "As Manthara in the Ramayana hatched a conspiracy to prevent Rama from becoming the king of Ayodhya, similarly the Congress is hatching a conspiracy against Modi," Rajnath Singh told a public rally in...
  • PAC constable abducted December 28, 2013

    A PAC constable, posted on security duty at the disputed site in Ayodhya, had been kidnapped and his abductors had demanded a ransom of Rs one lakh, police said on Saturday. Constable Suresh Kumar, who was on leave since December 25, was abducted at Pratapgarh, his home town, they said. Constable's daughter...
  • Modi wins the support of the oldest litigant in Ayodhya December 6, 2013

    Mohammad Hashim Ansari, one of the oldest litigants in Ayodhya title suits, on Friday claimed Congress is creating fear of Narendra Modi among Muslims and the BJP leader needs the community's support to become prime minister. "Modi needs Muslims' full support to become prime minister of the country," Hashim said on...
  • BJP should apologise over Babri Masjid demolition: Samajwadi Party December 6, 2013

    Observing two decades since the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on Friday, Samajwadi Party MPs attacked the BJP seeking their apology over the incident. Protesting outside the Parliament House in New Delhi, the Members of Parliament led by SP leader Naresh Agarwal displayed anti-BJP placards, observing December 6 as...
  • Police lay siege to Ayodhya on 21st anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition December 6, 2013

    A three-tier security cordon was on Thursday thrown around this town and all its entry points were sealed to maintain peace on the eve of 21st anniversary of Babri Mosque demolition as Muslim organisations decided to observe "black day" and Hindu outfits a "day of victory". Around 10,000 personnel from state...
  • 21 years of Babri Masjid demolition: Security stepped up in Ayodhya December 6, 2013

    Ayodhya: December 6, 2013, marks 21 years of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Security has been stepped up on Friday. The demolition had sparked off communal riots across the country in 1992-93. A three-tier security cordon was thrown around Ayodhya and all its entry points were...
  • Children's film fest will help 'Minugurulu' release: Director November 17, 2013

    Hyderabad: Upcoming Telugu drama 'Minugurulu' will be screened at the ongoing International Children's Film Festival of India (ICFFI) here. Its director Ayodhya Kumar feels this opportunity will help the film create a buzz before its theatrical release. A film featuring 40 visually impaired children, 'Minugurulu' is the story of how these...
  • VHP meet today to discuss UP government's crackdown on 'Sankalp Sabha' October 19, 2013

    A two-day meeting of the governing body of VHP saints will begin in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss their response in the wake of Uttar Pradesh government banning two of its programmes in the state since August as well as construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. "The steps taken...
  • UP: Crackdown on VHP sankalp diwas, BJP MP, 340 others arrested October 18, 2013

    Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police has arrested BJP MP Adityanath ahead of VHP's proposed 'Sankalp Diwas' in Ayodhya on Friday. Adityanath was arrested from a train in Gonda as a preventive measure. Police has so far arrested around 340 people, including former BJP MLA Lalu Singh, and put 42 others...
  • Undeterred by UP govt ban, VHP to go ahead with 'Sankalp Diwas' October 18, 2013

    Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government and the VHP are set for another round of confrontation in Ayodhya. The VHP has said that it will go ahead with its proposed 'Sankalp Diwas' in Ayodhya on Friday despite the state government ban. Heavy security arrangements are in place in the temple city....
  • UP: Security beefed up ahead of VHP's proposed 'Sankalp Diwas' October 17, 2013

    Lucknow: A day ahead of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's (VHP) proposed Sankalp Diwas, heavy security arrangements have been put in place in Ayodhya. The VHP plans to go ahead with its meet to press for a legislation on building a Ram Temple despite a UP government ban. The Akhilesh...