Is BJP quietly raising Ram Mandir issue ahead of UP elections?

Mahesh Sharma, a Lok Sabha MP representing the Gautam Budh Nagar constituency in UP, apparently visited the city to inspect the site for a Ramayana museum.

Written by Kanishka Singh | Published:October 18, 2016 4:49 pm
bjp, bjp uttar pradesh, ram mandir, bjp ram mandir, Ayodhya, ram mandir Ayodhya, uttar pradesh elections, up elections, uttar pradesh assembly elections, up assembly elections, uttar pradesh Opposition parties were quick to raise fingers accusing the BJP of using the issue for political benefits ahead of the UP elections. (Source: File)

Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Minister Mahesh Sharma’s visit to Ayodhya ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections has raised the question whether the BJP is trying to stir the fiery issue of rebuilding Ram Mandir in Ayodhya – believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama.

Sharma, a Lok Sabha MP representing the Gautam Budh Nagar constituency in UP, apparently visited the city to inspect the site for a Ramayana museum. Opposition parties were quick to raise fingers accusing the BJP of using the issue for political benefits ahead of the UP elections. Sharma insisted that he was visiting in his capacity as tourism minister and that this visit has nothing to do with Ram Mandir or the elections.

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Construction of Ram Mandir at Lord Rama’s birthplace–the site where Babri Masjid once stood–has been a long-standing demand of the Hindu community and that has been echoed by BJP leaders like Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar who have stated recently that “Ayodhya belongs to Ram”.

There has always been a demand to bring a law for the construction of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. Voters expected that the BJP would act sooner after it got elected on the issue given the fact several of its tall leaders spoke passionately about the issue while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections. Now that Uttar Pradesh is going to polls next year, the BJP is seeking to keep a hold over its Hindu vote base.

The Samajwadi Party also tried to gain brownie points recently by announcing to open a Ramleela Theme Park in Ayodhya. With the growing anti-incumbency, the SP is willing to use such a strategy to cut the BJP support. The BJP, therefore, can’t stay away from the discourse. The BJP is the biggest political stakeholder in Ayodhya and needs to show intent on the Ram Mandir issue to hold on to its loyal Hindu support. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stayed away from the developments for now.

Middleweight politicos in the party have been vocal in support of the issue. The recent developments give a hint that the issue will crop up prominently in the election campaign. Whether the BJP announces plans for the Ram Mandir or not, it will be expected to move on the ground as the issue holds strength to sway results either way across several states

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    Vikas
    Oct 18, 2016 at 1:31 pm
    BJP will taste the Bihar like rout....Not more than 60 seats....
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      sunny
      Oct 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm
      if the case is subjudice so why BJP is bringing madir issue during election time uma bharti khatiyar RSS vhp all puppets of BJP shlould stop barking on mandir issue
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        Bhakt
        Oct 19, 2016 at 3:11 am
        Abe Chu tiye BJP is avoiding full fledged agenda of building Mandir considering innocent Indians. If they do it, opposition will be just wiped out.
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          Bhakt
          Oct 19, 2016 at 3:28 am
          BJP will anyway get full majority in UP.
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            Bhakt
            Oct 19, 2016 at 3:45 am
            Mamu ! All leaders of BSP have joined BJP. Maya is interested only in Maya for tickets.
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              Bhakt
              Oct 19, 2016 at 3:30 am
              Wash off with hot water.
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                Avinash
                Oct 18, 2016 at 1:42 pm
                It speaks less of party but more about the public.lt;br/gt;If Public demands better schools and better hospitals - then Netas will talk about it.lt;br/gt;But if netas know that public can be fooled easily - mandir, masjid, etc will be on card.
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                  Barb Dewyre
                  Oct 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                  Quietly? lt;br/gt;Blatantly!
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                    Gurvinder
                    Oct 19, 2016 at 3:48 am
                    General Dyer.
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                      Gurvinder
                      Oct 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm
                      BJP knows issues going against them will far outweigh Surgical Strike. Dalits, Cow/beef, lack of opportunities will force BJP to polarize votes.
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                        Aditya
                        Oct 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm
                        You could have written which party the author belings to? Such a waste publication this IE is.
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                          harun
                          Oct 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm
                          BJP using Ram issue to gain in UP is no surprise.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;By talking of devlopment is not going to get you votes,Swamy himself quoted.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If PM claims he has delivered the Poor farmer who saw 1000s of his brethren kill themselves are going to ask what has changed for them.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The unemplo youth will ask why are they not getting jobs.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The MNREGA workers havent been paid wages for over 9 months will ask why has devlopment not helped them in getting wages for their labour.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Given the complex nature of problems which besiege India,,Using Ram Temple to get votes is legitmate strategy.
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                            Pre Sphinx
                            Oct 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm
                            Todays need is hospital better education insute were india ranked 92 in poverty index istead of good work bjp had steeped itsel into the gutter and playing communal politcs
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                              arvij
                              Oct 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm
                              No. Learn to distinguish between temple and museum that will attract tourists. But then awful indian media do not have the intelligence to differentiate between the two. Stop always bewing congress motor-mouth.
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                                Krishnan
                                Oct 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                                Standard operating procedure for all Indian politicians: When you have nothing to show for progress, stick to Kashmir and Ayodhya.
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                                  Ram
                                  Oct 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                                  Sir,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Bihar result will be repeated, people are smart.
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                                    Manzoor
                                    Oct 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm
                                    There is an old Hindi movie song:lt;br/gt;देखो ये दिवानों, तुम ये काम ना करोlt;br/gt;राम का नाम, बदनाम ना करो...
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                                      mathimathi
                                      Oct 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                                      developmental model of Jumla Party is Make in India Museums.
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                                        Chakraborty N
                                        Oct 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                                        It clearly indicates that coming elections lack any real agenda which political parties can milk. Taking recourse to 30 years old issue is unfortunate for the country.
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                                          Chakraborty N
                                          Oct 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm
                                          No person, in it's senses, will vote any party for building Sri Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Ram Janambhoomi.
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                                            Chakraborty N
                                            Oct 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                                            Really !!! Politicians think that all other issues have dried up. Nothing is left to milk.
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