UP BJP chief visits disputed site, vows to build Ram temple

Last Updated: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 18:32

Ayodhya: The newly appointed Uttar Pradesh
BJP President Surya Pratap Shahi on Friday visited the disputed
site here and vowed to construct a Ram temple there, saying it
was a something related to the faith of crores of Hindus.

"BJP is committed to the construction of Ram temple in
Ayodhya as it is a matter of faith and belief of crores of
Hindus and not a political agenda of the party," Shahi told
newspersons after offering prayers at the site.
The day BJP forms its government both at the Centre and
in the state, the path for construction of Ram temple would be
cleared, he said.

The BJP leader, who also visited the `Hanuman Garhi`
temple said the emotions of crores of people had led to the
demolition of the structure on December 6, 1992 and no
particular party should be blamed for it.

Shahi, who was made UP BJP chief on May 12, said he had
been assigned the responsibility of the biggest state in the
country during politically trying times and he had come here
to seek the blessings of Lord Ram before embarking upon the
task given to him.

Alleging that there was `Ravan Raj` (Ravan`s rule), both
at the Centre and in the state with "insensitive" governments,
Shahi said rampant corruption, inflation and terrorism have
left the people frustrated.
Lashing out at his political opponents, Shahi said that
despite publicly criticising each other, Congress, Samajwadi
Party and the BSP had a tacit understanding and cited the
support given by the latter two to the former during the cut
motion in the Lok Sabha to make his point.

"All these parties are befooling the people of the
state and country in the name of opposing each other," the
state BJP chief said adding that the BJP was the only
alternative to the Congress.

He also charged the three parties with indirectly
encouraging communal forces by advocating pseudo secularism.

Holding the Congress responsible for rise in Naxal
violence, Shahi said while running the government with the
help of Left parties during its last tenure, UPA had desisted
from taking action against them which helped the Maoists gain
strength and accused the Union government of still not taking
strict measures to combat the menace.

To a question, Shahi said like the Congress, Samajwadi
Party too has been promoting family members.

Refuting reports of factionalism in the state unit of the
party, Shahi said he would take every one along with him to
strengthen the party.

"Those who work dedicatedly to strengthen the party would
be entitled for a ticket in the 2012 assembly elections," he
said before leaving for Varanasi.

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 18:32

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