Updated: March 16, 2021 3:57:44 am
Laying the ground for the BJP’s campaign for the 2022 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday told party’s office bearers to remind people that when BJP was in power on its own strength for the first time, the demolition of Babri Masjid took place (1992), and in its second stint, a grand Ram Temple is being constructed in Ayodhya.
“Dhancha gira tab bhi BJP ke mukhyamantri Shri Kalyan Singh they, aur Ram Mandir ka shilanayas hua toh yahan ke mukhyamantri Yogi ji hai… Yeh sanyog hi hai… BJP ki sarkar ush samaya, BJP ki sarkar ish samaya [When the structure (Babri Masjid) fell, then Kalyan Singh was the chief minister, and when the foundation for the Ram Temple was laid, then Yogi-ji is the chief minister. It is a coincidence… a BJP government was then, and a BJP government is now,” Singh, who is a BJP MP from Lucknow, said at the party’s working committee meeting held in Lucknow on Monday.
The party’s working committee meeting, which was attended by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh, is being organised ahead of the panchayat elections in the state and the next Assembly elections, scheduled for early 2022.
Chief Minister Adityanath also invoked Ram Temple, saying: “BJP ne zero tolerance ki baat kari, karke dikhaya.. Ram Mandir karke dikhaya.”
Telling party leaders to ensure that there is no crises of trust for the BJP, Rajnath Singh said that that the party has kept its promise of building Ram Temple, abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir. “We will also fulfil the promise of uniform civil code without bias towards anyone,” he added.
Assuring the BJP government’s “commitment towards doubling the income of farmers”, Singh urged the farmers protesting against the three new farms laws to “resume talks”.
He said that the minimum support price would not be reduced, and urged the protesting farmers to hold clause-wise discussion with the Centre on the new farm laws and added that the central government was ready for amendments in the law.
He said that while all other political parties, including the Communist parties, have seen the division of their parties, BJP has been able to stay intact, adding “people started having faith in the BJP after the Ram Temple movement began.
On the standoff with China, Singh said that while India does not encroach upon any other countries land but it would also not allow anyone to encroach out land.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked party leaders to tell cadres to use “social media platforms” to publicise schemes of the state and central governments. He also directed office bearers to ensure that members of 1.63 lakh booth committees tweet and retweet “achievements” of the UP government and also tag Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“There are 1.63 lakh booths and if booth committees tweet Prime Minister or retweet, then a bigmessage would go out from Uttar Pradesh,” Adityanath said at the meeting.
Adityanath also launched an attack on previous governments, saying they “did not care about farmers or poor and are opposing the government for the sake of it. He accused the Opposition of first trying to criticise the government over “encounters” and now trying to “misguide” farmers over new farm laws.
Later in the day, BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh asked office bearers not to become aggressive on the road while campaigning for the party.
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