There will be no display of images of Lord Ram on some of the main billboards in New York’s iconic Times Square on August 5 as the temple’s groundbreaking ceremony takes place in Ayodhya.
An ad company, which manages main billboards, has reportedly refused to run the campaign after a Muslim coalition in the US asked the agency not to display Lord Ram’s images in Times Square.
A group of Muslim groups in the USA said ad company ‘Branded Cities’, which manages digital advertisement board for Nasdaq in Times Square and runs prominent digital boards, refused to run ads for Hindu groups planning to showcase images of Lord Ram on its billboards in Times Square, a report in Clarion India said.
The giant Nasdaq screen and the 17,000-square-foot wrap-around LED display screen, considered among the largest continuous exterior displays in the world, were among prominent billboards that were to be leased for the occasion.
A report in Clarion India said ImanNet, one of the Muslim groups part of the coalition, in a statement claimed they had been “urging putting pressure on the mayor of New York, the City Council of New York , the governor, senators and members of House of Representatives to stop the right wing Hindu groups from advertising on Times Square billboards”.