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Secrecy surrounds list of invitees to Ram Temple event in Ayodhya

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which led the movement for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, will have to be content with sending only two representatives for participation (physical presence) in the “Bhumi Pujan” on August 5.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the ceremony.

Also, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be among the attending VVIPs.

A source said the ‘Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust’ has shortlisted the names of VHP’s International President Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje and the Woking president Alok Kumar. The Trust was constituted by the Union government last year for construction of the temple and management of its affairs.

The list of names of prospective attendees to the ceremony will be officially declared once it gets clearance from the office of Prime Minister Office (PMO).
The VHP leaders are tight-lipped over the subject. Although they express ignorance regarding the names of attendees, there is apparent sense of disappointment at the prospect of not being physically present at the historic ceremony.

Apparent sense of bewilderment in the matter pervades also among constituents of the ‘Sangh Parivar’, which is spear-headed by RSS.

A leader in the know of developments relating to the Ram temple construction said the issue is between the Trust and the PMO.

A source said that there is some secrecy over the guest list for two reasons: one is for security, because Prime Minister and other VVIPs will attend the event. The second reason is to avoid any controversy over the inclusion and omission of people to the event. This is primarily because the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates implementation of social distancing protocol.

The source said that the names of attendees will be officially made public in Ayodhya, likely on the eve of the ceremony. However, those whose names have been shortlisted to attend the ceremony are being told unofficially, sources said.