Todd McClay, Trade Minister of New Zealand, extended heartfelt congratulations to the Indian diaspora in New Zealand and around the world on the Pran Pratishtha of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
“I wish to offer my very best wishes to all Indians in New Zealand and diaspora all around the world for such a significant achievement (Pran Pratishtha ceremony at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple)”, McClay noted.
He also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his friendship with New Zealand.
The minister further stated that PM Modi was the first leader in the world to congratulate his New Zealand counterpart after he was elected as the Prime Minister.
“To Prime Minister Modi, thank you for your friendship with New Zealand. Prime Minister Modi was the very first leader in the world to offer our Prime Minister congratulations when he was elected as Prime Minister”, McClay continued.
Furthermore, McClay commended, emphasizing that it is an important achievement for all Indians.
The Trade Minister went on to say, “We look very much forward to working so very closely together. Congratulations on what is a significant achievement for all Indians”.
On Sunday, a day before the Pratishtha ceremony several sitting ministers in New Zealand wrote congratulatory messages to PM Modi, citing his leadership as the reason for the Ram Temple’s construction after a 500-year wait.
David Seymour, New Zealand’s Minister for Regulation, stated, “Jai Shri Ram…I wish to congratulate everyone in India, including PM Modi, as it was his leadership that made this construction (Ram Temple) possible after 500 years. The temple is majestic and built to last another 1000 years”.
Furthermore, Melissa Lee, New Zealand’s Minister for Ethnic Communities, stated that the Ram Mandir is the result of Prime Minister Modi’s leadership and efforts.
The Ram Lalla’s idol was unveiled to devotees on Monday, following the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony, which included hour-long rituals led by Prime Minister Modi.
PM Modi carried out the rituals surrounding the deity ‘Pran Pratishtha’ in Ayodhya. He went on to say that the temple’s construction, which some feared would spark a firestorm, now serves as a symbol of peace, patience, harmony, and integration.
Addressing the dignitaries in attendance at the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony, Prime Minister Modi stated that the unveiling of the Ram Lalla idol is a time of success after a long battle, but also of humility.