Lucknow: Aparna Yadav, the younger daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party (SP) patron and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, has donated Rs 11 lakh for the construction of the grand Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya. These days the ‘Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan’ (fundraising campaign) is going on across the country for the construction of the grand temple.
Under this campaign, the Prant Pracharak of Awadh province, Kaushal, and Karyavah Prashant Bhatia on Friday reached Aparna Yadav’s residence in the Dilkusha area in Lucknow.
Aparna donated Rs 11 lakh for the construction of the Ram temple to Prant Pracharak Kaushal. Her supporters also donated for the construction of the Ram temple.
- 2017: Aparna Yadav contested in 2017 from the Lucknow Cantt constituency on an SP ticket. She is said to be a big fan of the working style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. She has spoken out against Samajwadi Party President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the past. Aparna’s husband Prateek Yadav is the younger son of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
- October 1990: “Let them try and enter Ayodhya. We will teach them the meaning of the law. No masjid will be broken.” Mulayam Singh Yadav had declared this in October 1990, opposing the rath yatra of LK Advani.
- 30 October 1990: On the morning of October 30, the police had barricaded about a 1.5 km-long pathway to the Babri Masjid. Ayodhya was in an unprecedented security cordon. Curfew had been imposed. Yet, sadhus and karsevaks marched towards the structure. By noon, police received orders from then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to open fire at the karsevaks. The firing led to chaos and stampede. Police chased down the karsevaks in the streets of Ayodhya.
I have voluntarily made this donation. While donating, I cannot take the responsibility for my family. Ram is the center of India’s character, culture and faith. It is becoming the temple of the country. I feel that every Indian should donate to the Ram temple, so I have also donated Responding to the allegations of Mulayam Singh Yadav government ordering firing on ‘kar sevaks’ in Ayodhya in 1990, Aparna said, “Whatever he did earlier and the circumstances under which it happened was very sad. I do not want to comment on that incident. Whatever has passed cannot be changed today.
“Let them try and enter Ayodhya. We will teach them the meaning of the law. No masjid will be broken.” Mulayam Singh Yadav had declared this in October 1990, opposing the rath yatra of LK Advani.