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Business News/ News / India/  MK Stalin-led Tamil Nadu govt 'banned' live telecast of Ayodhya Ram mandir consecration: FM Nirmala Sitharaman
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MK Stalin-led Tamil Nadu govt 'banned' live telecast of Ayodhya Ram mandir consecration: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accuses Tamil Nadu government of banning live telecast of Ayodhya Ram Mandir consecration ceremony. The state administration had denied the claim.

Devotees take out a rally on the eve of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya (ANI)Premium
Devotees take out a rally on the eve of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya (ANI)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has accused the MK Stalin-led Tamil Nadu government of banning events linked to the Ayodhya Ram Mandir consecration. The senior BJP leader accused the DMK government of “anti-Hindu, hateful action" as preparations for the pran pratishtha ceremony entered its last leg. 

“Tamil Nadu government has banned watching live telecast of Ayodha Ram Mandir programmes of January 22. In Tamil Nadu there are over 200 temples for Shri Ram. In HR and CE managed temples no puja, bhajan, prasadam or annadanam in the name of Shri Ram is allowed. Police are stopping privately held temples also from organising events. They are threatening organisers that they will rip off pandals," the Finance Minister wrote on X (nee Twitter).

The assertions were however denied by the state administration as ‘false news with ulterior motives’.

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"Strongly condemn the spreading of false information in an attempt to divert people's attention from the DMK Youth Conference in Salem…It is unfortunate that people in office, like Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and others, are purposefully propagating this erroneous information," he said in a social media post.

“The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department hasn't imposed any limitations on devotees' freedom to offer food, conduct poojas in the name of Shri Ram, or provide prasad in Tamil Nadu temples," the state minister added. 

The 'Pran Pratistha' of Ram Lalla is scheduled to take place on Monday morning in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. Security was been beefed up in the temple town with Rapid Action Force personnel deployed at strategic locations. 

The police are conducting patrols by boat on the Sarayu River at frequent intervals and anti-bomb squad and dog squad teams have been stationed at Ayodhya's Maharishi Valmiki International Airport. Vehicles reaching and leaving the airport were being thoroughly checked and no one was being allowed to enter the airport without a pass.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 21 Jan 2024, 06:12 PM IST
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