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Stones Instead of Cash? Devotees send Stones from Rajasthan for Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Stones from Rajasthan, sent by bhakts of Lord Ram, have arrived in Ayodhya's Ram Temple

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2,000 cubic feet stones arrive for Ram Tempe in Ayodhya. Twitter
  • Stones from Bharatpur, Rajasthan have arrived in Ayodhya’s Ram Temple as donations
  • The 2,000 cubic feet stones have been donated by ‘Ram Bhakts’ for carving out structures in the temple 
  • The donation comes as an appeal from Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas who in 2015 requested stones instead of cash 

July 07, 2017: 2,000 cubic feet of stones have arrived in Ram Temple, Ayodhya on Wednesday in the form of donations from Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The stones are to be used for carving out proposed structures in the temple.

The 18 blocks of sandstones were delivered in three trucks. Sharad Sharma, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Spokesperson, stated that the donation in stones rather than cash came as Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas had appealed for the same from Ram’s followers all over the country in June 2015.

The whole consignment is presently kept at Ramsevakpuram of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, which is 500 meters from the VHP workshop. VHP is responsible for the carving of stones of the temple since 1990. Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas is an organization of VHP leaders and saints that will supervise the construction.

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Previously, the Commercial Tax Department during the Samajwadi Party’s tenure had not allowed Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas to bring stones from Rajasthan. But with Yogi Adiyanath’s approval, the pending construction shall resume very soon.

This year in May, CM Yogi Adityanath became the first CM in over 15 years to visit the Ram Janmabhoomi, a disputed area with supporters of Babri Masjid.

Ayodhya’s case is a political agenda. There are also questions directed at VHP’s decision as Yogi Adityanath assumes power and the next Lok Sabha election 2019 is on its way. The All India Muslim Law Board has called this an “open contempt of the Supreme Court” and hace called for the ban of any further delivery.

– By Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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With Yogi Adityanath Coming in Power, Organised Crimes Lost Steam and Gangs Disorganised in UP

These new generation gangs have apparently understood the mood of the government and are taking care to stay away from Adityanath's scanner

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In the past two years since Adityanath became the Chief Minister, organised crime has lost steam and the gangs have been disorganised. Wikimedia Commons

Organised crime had been a flourishing industry in Uttar Pradesh since the eighties when Gorakhpur — the home of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — was known as the crime capital of the state.

In the past two years since Adityanath became the Chief Minister, organised crime has lost steam and the gangs have been disorganised. The senior most mafia don in the state, Hari Shankar Tiwari, now an octogenarian, has slipped into retirement and his legendary adversary Virendra Pratap Shahi is no more.

The guns in Gorakhpur have fallen silent. Other major leaders of mafia gangs like Mukhtar Ansari, Brijesh Singh and Ateeq Ahmad are in jail while others like Abhay Singh and Dhananjay Singh have withdrawn into their shells.

Mukhtar Ansari, one of the most powerful mafia dons, is a five-time legislator and has been lodged in jail since 2005 for the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai. He has recently been acquitted in the case but remains in jail for other cases. Mukhtar Ansari’s clout in eastern Uttar Pradesh can be gauged by the fact that he won the 2007, 2012 and 2017 Assembly elections from inside the jail.

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The guns in Gorakhpur have fallen silent. Wikimedia Commons

In the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) regimes, Mukhtar Ansari enjoyed the privilege of attending Assembly sessions and meeting officials and supporters across the state capital. He even ran his mobile office from the central hall of the Vidhan Bhawan and people thronged to meet him in person.

Adityanath made sure that the state government opposed Mukhtar Ansari’s plea to attend Assembly sessions in court and the mafia don no longer gets permission to participate in legislative proceedings.

Mukhtar Ansari’s gang has also started disintegrating. His closest aide, Munna Bajrangi, was shot dead inside Baghpat jail in July last year and his sharp shooter Atul Rai, who was recently elected to the Lok Sabha on a BSP ticket, is also in jail on rape charges. Mukhtar Ansari’s rival Brijesh Singh had probably hoped for better times in the Yogi regime but he has also been barred from attending legislative sessions.

Brijesh Singh was arrested from Odisha in 2008 after having being on the run for almost a decade. He reportedly had 100 cases against him at the time of his arrest and he is now a member of the state legislative council. His proximity to some top BJP leaders has been spoken of in political circles. His nephew Sushil Singh is a BJP MLA.

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These new generation gangs have apparently understood the mood of the government and are taking care to stay away from Adityanath’s scanner. Wikimedia Commons

However, Adityanath has made sure that Brijesh Singh, now in Varanasi jail, loses his clout, especially in government tenders. The Yogi Adityanath government has also ‘demolished’ the empire of mafia don Ateeq Ahmad. Ateeq Ahmad is presently in Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad while his associates have recently been raided by the CBI and his financial transactions and benami properties are under the scanner. His financial backbone has already been broken to an extent and his associates say that it will be difficult for him to regain his kingdom.

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Two other mafia gangs led by Abhay Singh and Dhananjay Singh have also been rendered ineffective by the Yogi Adityanath government.

Both the leaders did not contest the recent Lok Sabha elections and have stayed away from controversies. These new generation gangs have apparently understood the mood of the government and are taking care to stay away from Adityanath’s scanner. (IANS)