Development can wait, BJP turns to tried and tested Hindutva; Ram Mandir begins to surface in poll campaign
Maurya told reporters that Ram Mandir is a subject of faith and cannot be built in two months
As it is usually wont to, the BJP made a strong Hindutva pitch ahead of the elections to Uttar Pradesh with its state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya saying the party will build a grand temple in Ayodhya if it won a simple majority in the election to the 403-member Assembly.
Maurya told reporters that Ram Mandir is a subject of faith and cannot be built in two months. He said the party will build the grand Ram temple when it gets elected with a majority.
In Muzaffarnagar, sitting Sardhana MLA and 2013 riot accused Sangeet Som of the BJP put out posters that seek votes for his Hindu identity. Though this is in total defiance of the recent Supreme Court order saying elections cannot be fought on lines of religion, language or caste, Som didn’t find it amiss to run a campaign as sectarian as that. He instead blamed other parties of playing to the gallery for the minority community’s votes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in several election rallies that the BJP will be voted to power for its development plank and demonetisation benefits. While on the ground, several reports have indicated that the BJP may suffer due to the notes ban decision.
The Congress and the Samajwadi Party signed off on their alliance with the Rahul Gandhi-led party contesting 105 seats of the 403. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s party will contest 298 seats. The Congress camp was at pains today to negate rumours that Priyanka Vadra will campaign beyond family boroughs Amethi and Rae Bareli though her name figured in the list of star campaigners.
Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in 7 phases beginning February 11 and ending on March 8. The results will announced on March 11, along with the results of Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa.