Lucknow: Reacting to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's announcement to ensure uninterrupted power supply at nine prominent religious places in the state, Bharatiya Janata Party today questioned the non-inclusion of Ayodhya in the list.
"Ayodhya is birth place of Lord Ram and lakhs of pilgrims visit it every year. Then why was its name not included in the list of religious places?," leader of BJP Legislature Party Suresh Khanna said in a statement.
He said that even the Kashi Vishawanath temple at Varanasi has not been included.
"What kind of mentality is getting reflected by depriving the city of Ram from basic facility like power? It is our strong demand that Ayodhya must also be included in the list," Khanna said.
The state government had yesterday said that nine prominent religious places in the state would receive uninterrupted power supply starting March next year.
"The government will provide 24-hour power supply at Dargah Kichocha Sharif, Dargah Naseemabad, Hastinapur, Panch Pyare, Dewa Shareef, Shravasti, Sarnath, Mathura and Vrindanad. This facility will start after March," Akhilesh had said.
However, round-the-clock power supply would be limited to the particular religious place and not the entire place or district, according to an official spokesperson.