Claiming that the time for the construction of Ram temple was drawing closer, VHP’s new working president Alok Kumar said, “Either the court will decide... Otherwise, if felt needed, will get a law made for this purpose.”
While the UP government has been facing allegations from within the BJP for promoting Thakurs, the party named three Thakurs for the MLC elections. The BJP list also includes one Dalit, Vidya Sagar Sonkar, who is presently party state general secretary.
At the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Shah held meetings with leaders of the two allies — Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) — separately and assured them that their issues would be redressed.
During his Lucknow tour for organisational meetings on Wednesday, BJP president Amit Shah visited Samata Mulak Chowk with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and paid tribute at the statue of Dalit icon Jyotiba Phule on his birth anniversary.
All SP district and city presidents are being instructed to hold programmes either at their party offices or at public venues. Party leaders will address workers on Ambedkar’s achievements, his role in drafting the Constitution. Floral tributes too will be offered.
Kairana: Hopes to counter SP-BSP maths with high turnout, recent encounters, move on cases in riot zone. For the Opposition, the thrust is on carrying forward the SP-BSP partnership that brought the SP victory in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.
Chirag Paswan said he had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked the government to file a review petition against the order. “We have sought time to meet him and discuss the issue,” he said.
After the elections, the BJP alleged that an SBSP MLA had cross-voted, and Rajbhar announced a “review” of whether or not to continue the alliance with the BJP. The party will hold a meeting on this Tuesday.
The recognition of the need to continue the alliance despite the Rajya Sabha setback, BSP sources said, is the result of calculations manner keeping in mind the “social engineering formula” of party founder Kanshiram.
While eight of the BJP's candidates have been election to the Upper House, Adityanath is trying to drum up support to ensure the party's ninth candidate Anil Agarwal is elected as well. Akhilesh, meanwhile, has assured support of SP's extra votes to BSP nominee Bhimrao Ambedkar.
While the Supreme Court order was criticised by Dalit rights groups and even Dalit MPs from BJP as weakening the legislation, the Congress hit out at the government for the inept handling of the case by the Additional Solicitor General.