Will Ram Temple matter in LS polls? BJP seeks mass opinion

survey : One of the questions on poll website terms Ram Temple as national issue

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: September 2, 2013 5:05:47 am

Nearly 21 years after the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya,the contentious Ram Temple issue,which helped BJP emerge as a major national force,has once again found a place in the political menu with the saffron party now assessing its acceptance level among the voters in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

Jan Samvad,a sub-committee under BJP’s Central Election Campaign Committee that is chaired by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,is collecting feedback from the masses on the Ram Temple issue on its web portal http://www.jansamvad2014.in. The party,through its website launched about a week back asks respondents,among other questions,to rate the seriousness of the Ram Temple issue on a scale of 1 to 10.

“The party wants to know whether Ram Temple is still an issue for people or not. The feedback form on the website is like a survey seeking opinion of neutral public on 15 important issues,” said Rameshwar Prasad Chaurasiya,BJP national secretary and party’s co-in-charge for Uttar Pradesh.

Chaurasiya said the issues that will get maximum points in terms of seriousness would be shortlisted and BJP will include them in its agenda for the Lok Sabha elections.

Another party leader said,“A section of leaders within the party had been raising Ram Temple issue before the Lok Sabha and UP Assembly elections in the past. But that did not improve the party’s performance in UP. The party now wants to be clear on the issue.”

In the feedback form,BJP has listed 15 points,including Ram Temple,as national issues asking the people to rate them according to their seriousness. This,in effect,also makes the Ram Mandir an election issue,something that party’s top brass has been denying so far.

Jan Samvad sub-committee member and BJP national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan,however,said,“The feedback form on the website is only a medium to know the opinion of the people on important issues. We are also asking the people to tell us about the local issues that will matter in their respective Lok Sabha constituencies.”

The party will ask the local units in respective constituencies to raise the short-listed local issues during the election campaign,he added.

The party has also asked the respondents to write down five most important election issues that matter for their state and Lok Sabha constituency. One such question asks,“Do you think that our party (BJP) can win the Lok Sabha seat in your area in the coming elections?”

If a respondent says yes,the party asks the the respondent to write down positive issues that will help the BJP in next elections. It also asks the name of three main contenders against BJP in the constituency.

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