Celebration marked with sarkari caution, sadhus take centre stage

Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony at Ayodhya was designed to be run on a tight schedule by bureaucrats along with the Trust leaders.

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New Delhi: Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony at Ayodhya was designed to be run on a tight schedule by bureaucrats along with the Trust leaders. Infact, among the Centre’s specific instruction issued to officials and the Ram Temple Trust members coordinating the bhumi pujan was that it should be a “celebration of checks and balances” conducted with precision and efficiency.

The Trust’s decisions are taken by members who had passed PM Modi’s test for efficiency, have the confidence of home minister Amit Shah, apart from guiding the architects of the Sompura family, known to have built temples in record time. These are people who manage all legal and administrative nuances of temple construction with precision. While PM Modi’s trusted bureaucrat Nripendra Misra is believed to have coordinated the whole programme, Ayodhya DM Anuj Kumar Jha was given the responsibility of ensuring that there was no disruption. Misra is learnt to have worked with engineers from L&T on the site to get it ready for the ceremony.

Under the bureaucracy-driven, administratively strong system put in place, the Sangh Parivar took extra care to see that there were no acts of aggression or voices of provocation. According to a Trust member, although members of the trust were asked to bring down the guest list to 175 from 300, the local seers of Hanumangrahi in Ayodhya, who have often dissented with the movement, were made part of the guest list to ensure that there was no ill-feeling.

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