Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday raked up the
BJP president Amit Shah said the Ram Janmabhoomi is a part of his party's election manifesto. "We have specified it that the Ram temple should be made on the site either after a consensus or by the directions of court. This is our firm stand," he told the media in Lucknow.
Shah further said the BJP will contest the polls in Uttar Pradesh on the issue of development. "The BJP has never agreed with whatever Sadhvi Prachi has said. We do not endorse Sanjeev Balyan's remarks on Dadri controversy. Our agenda is only development," he added.
Shah also stated that the BJP's CM candidate for the UP polls had not yet been decided.
Balyan had stated that Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob in Dadri for allegedly consuming beef, could not have eaten a whole '150 kg' cow alone, and therefore a probe should be conducted into who else had consumed the beef.
Amit Shah also took a dig at those who had demanded that RBI governor Raghuram Rajan should be sacked. “BJP has never said that Raghuram Rajan should be removed, if someone has said then its the person's personal view,” said Shah, in a veiled reference to party leader Subramanian Swamy.
The BJP president also used the occasion to take potshots at the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and alleged that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav-led government has failed to curb corruption.
The comments from the BJP chief come after Minister of State for Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj Mishra said that his party would not make the Ram temple an election issue in Uttar Pradesh.
Mishra had said the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is a national issue but the BJP will not make it an issue in the Uttar Pradesh elections.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had recently in an interview said that his party would fight next year's assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh on the issue of development.
Singh said the issue of construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is an important "cultural issue" and not political. "The Ram Mandir issue is not political, but a cultural issue. The matter is also sub-judice. The matter is in the Supreme Court and we are only waiting for the judgment," he said.
The Home Minister also said that his party has never indulged in the politics of communal polarisation for votes....