*NEW DELHI: *A ruling party leader in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has asked members of his Hindu community to “buy swords made of iron instead of gold jewelry and silver vessels” on Dhanteras.
Dhanteras is a Hindu festival celebrated before the festival of Diwali and according to tradition, Hindus buy utensils and other items made of metal. The festival will be celebrated on October 25.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) city president from Deoband, Gajraj Rana has asked his community members to be ready for the verdict on the Ayodhya issue.
According to Indian website* news18.com link*, Gajraj Rana said, “The Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue is expected soon and we are confident that it will be in favour of the Ram temple.”
This could vitiate the atmosphere, so it is advisable to stock iron swords instead of gold jewelry and silver vessels. These swords will be useful for our own protection when such a time comes,” he further told media on Saturday night.
However, he clarified that he did not “utter a word” against any community or religion.”Even in our rituals, we worship weapons and our Gods and Goddesses have used weapons depending on circumstances. My statement was in reference to the current changing environment and a suggestion to the members of my community. Nothing more should be read into it,” said *news18.com link *quoting the leader, Anadolu Agency has reported.