On Tuesday, Delhi BJP leader Vijay Goel cancelled the Babar Road road sign ahead of the Ram Mandir’s Bhoomi Pujan, reported The Indian Express. Vijay demanded the renaming of the road as “5 August Marg.”
He wrote to the Union Home Minister and New Delhi’s Municipal Corporation in order to rename the road. Goel said that Babar was an invader who attacked Hindustan and demolished Ram Mandir.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the ground-breaking ceremony today laying the foundation stone for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
Goel along with his supporters went to the area in Lutyens’ Delhi and pasted a black cross sign over the name “Babar Road” on the sign-board. He made sure that the name was replaced with “5 August Road.”
The BJP leader said that he would also begin to write “5 August Road” on his letterhead from now on.
Last year, the Hindu Sena fringe group had blackened the Babar Road signboard in New Delhi’s Bengali Market.
“We got to know that some group had pasted a sticker on Babar Road board, but we have removed it now,” NDMC Senior Engineer (Roads) TM Meena said.
The ground-breaking ceremony in Ayodhya was attended by many VIPs including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, and the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
In 1992, Hindu extremists demolished the Ayodhya’s Babri Masjid alleging that it had been built on the land where a temple once stood. Around 2,000 people were killed in the riots followed by the Babri Masjid demolition.
Last year, on November 9, the Supreme Court said that the disputed land in Ayodhya would be submitted to a trust run by the government for the formation of Ram Mandir.
However, the court has said that the Babri Masjid demolition was illegal. Further, the court had directed the government to build a mosque on another piece of land.