Ram Temple construction at Ayodhya suspended, India-China tension in Ladakh cited as reason

Citing the standoff between India and China in the Galwan Valley, Ram Temple Trust has put hold on its plan to start the construction of the temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

The Trust released an official statement that read that the situation at the border was tense and “defending the country is most important.” The construction was set to commence from June 10 onwards in Ayodhya.

The decision to delay the construction was taken after 20 Indian troops were killed by the Chinese Army in the Galwan Valley face of on Monday, earlier this week.

“The decision to begin construction (of temple) will be taken according to the situation in the country and will be announced officially,” Anil Mishra, member of the trust, told the Press Trust of India.

The Ayodhya land dispute is one of India’s longest running dispute which continued for decades.

On 6 December 1992, a large group of Hindu extremists belonging to the Vishva Hindu Parishad and allied organisations demolished the mosque, triggering violent clashes all over the Indian subcontinent, killing around 2,000 people.

Last year in November, the Supreme Court of India had directed the Central government to hand over the disputed site at Ayodhya for the construction of a temple and set up a trust for the same.

The apex court had further directed the government to give a suitable land measuring five acres to the Sunni Waqf Board.


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