Several Muslim Groups in the United States filed petitions against the ad company which earlier announced the projection of Ram Mandir on Billboards of New York’s Time Square. However, despite the petitions, it appears, the ad company went ahead and displayed pictures of the famous Ram Mandir located in the state of India.
Earlier reports suggested that an ad company, which manages main billboards, had 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”.
Dr Shaik Ubaid, the President of ImanNet said the ad company refusing to run advertisements to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony is “a great victory for pluralism, human rights and rule of law”.
However, the company, appeared to have not been intimidated by the petitions and went ahead with the pictures.