Chief Ministers Kejriwal and Mann family leave for Ayodhya Ram Mandir

Although invited to the January 22 consecration ceremony, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal opted to visit the Ayodhya Ram Temple at a later date along with his parents, wife and children.

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The newly constructed Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is set to receive some high-profile political visitors on Monday. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann, both of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), will travel to offer prayers at the prominent Hindu temple.

Kejriwal and Mann plan to arrive by chartered flight from Delhi around 11am, along with the Delhi CM's parents. While Kejriwal was invited to the January consecration ceremony for the temple, he opted to visit later with his family. The AAP organised numerous events in January to mark the occasion, wanting to highlight the party's support despite Kejriwal's absence.

"I was told only one person was allowed due to security reasons. They said a team would come personally invite me but no one came," Kejriwal explained regarding missing the consecration. He shared his desire to make the trip for Ram Lalla's darshan with his wife, children and elderly parents.

The high-profile AAP visitors come a day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led a delegation of state legislators to Ayodhya on Sunday. BJP representatives joined those from Congress, BSP and other parties in receiving a warm reception and paying respects at the new temple. The Samajwadi Party noticeably declined to take part in the state-organised pilgrimage.

As the Ram Mandir enters regular worship and visits, leaders across the political spectrum appear eager to associate themselves with the long-awaited landmark. Kejriwal and Mann's journey from Delhi on Monday signals the AAP's intention to highlight its own connections with the cherished temple.