The CM linked the Congress protests with the laying of the foundation stone for the Ayodhya temple in 2020, following a landmark Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, challenged Congress on Friday to apologize to the country for offending Ram devotees two years ago by organizing rallies while dressed in all-black. The CM made a connection between the Congress demonstrations and the laying of the Ayodhya temple's foundation stone in 2020, which will happen in response to a significant Supreme Court ruling on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid controversy.
Adityanath criticized the opposition party for organizing protests while the nation was celebrating "Ayodhya Divas" in a video message. He charged that Congress was manipulating the public's asthma (devotion) to Lord Ram. The Congress has been organizing demonstrations while wearing regular clothing for a few days, but Adityanath criticized the Congress for holding a protest while dressed in all-black attire today, when the nation was celebrating Ayodhya Divas.
He stated, "It's an insult to the Ram bhakts as well as the ruling of the highest court. The Friday protests by the Congress were similarly connected to the Ram temple building in Delhi by the Union Home Minister.
On August 5, 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the cornerstone for the Ayodhya Ram temple. Adityanath claimed that millions of people are celebrating Ayodhya Divas and that Congress has once again manipulated their emotions.
He declared, "The Congress shall apologize to the nation for this reprehensible behavior. Congress leaders took to the streets on Friday to demonstrate against the cost of living and unemployment.
Among those held by police in the capital were Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Several other states also protested.