Lucknow: Former BJP president Rajnath Singh
today said the party remains committed to construct a grand
Ram temple in Ayodhya but refused to elaborate on the issue
before the court`s verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid
title suits comes out.
"BJP`s view is very clear about a grand temple of Lord
Ram in Ayodhya and the party is committed towards it, but we
will not give any reaction as of now. First, let the court`s
verdict come," Rajnath told reporters in reply to a question
on the sidelines of the BJP`s state working committee meeting
When asked about the party`s startegy after the court`s
verdict is out, he said it was an internal matter which was
not to be disclosed.
"Whatever decision is given by the court it will be
okay," he added.
On elaborate security arrangements being made by the
Uttar Pradesh government in view of the Lucknow bench of the
Allahabad High Court`s verdict on the title suits later this
month, Rajnath said the precautions being taken were more than
"They are trying to create panic by being extra cautious
and at times its results are not good," he said, adding vote
bank politics was behind fears being expressed about the
verdict triggering a backlash.
Earlier, addressing the state working committee, Rajnath
said the party can leave everything but will never part with
"Lord Ram is our identity as well as the nation`s. We can
never leave Ram," he said.
Every person, irrespective of his religion, should always
keep in mind that Ram is the cultural identity of the country,
Noting that the majority of Muslims admit that Ram was
born in Ayodhya, he said, "There are only a few, who are
trying to give a political colour to this issue."
The BJP leader lamented that when the party raises the
issue of Ram temple, Amarnath and Ram Setu it is labelled as
"But the question is if the BJP does not raise these
issues, then who will," he said.
"The court`s verdict is about to come and we have to
wait for that," he told the workers.
Addressing the party`s two-day state working committee
meeting here, the former BJP chief asked party leaders and
workers to practise self-restraint and refrain from speaking
about internal matters of the organisation publicly.
"If anyone has to criticise or has to say anything then
there is a suitable forum in the party to do so. Nobody is
allowed to break the discipline by speaking about internal
matters publicly," Rajnath said.
The former BJP chief`s statement came a day after
infighting in the party`s state unit came to the fore with
some dissidents distributing a letter addressed to party
President Nitin Gadkari asking him to take action against some
leaders allegedly damaging the organization in Uttar Pradesh.
"When a new working committee is constituted sometimes
some persons, including dedicated workers, cannot be
accommodated," he said and told them that respect does not come
with the post.
"Sometime even persons sitting on the higher posts do
not get respect. Before criticising anyone the party leaders
and workers should first introspect about what they themselves
are doing," he said.
The senior leader said if there were any complaints with
the president it should be discussed at a suitable platform.
"If it is done publicly I assume that such persons have
no commitment for the party," he said adding that in BJP the
directives of the president are supreme.
Rajnath said that if such activities continue then the
state president should not hesitate in taking disciplinary