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Rajnath Singh says temple not poll,political issue,it’s development

The BJP would go into 2014 elections with development agenda,Rajnath said.

A day after endorsing party general secretary Amit Shah’s views on construction of a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya,BJP president Rajnath Singh Sunday said that Hindutva “was never the political agenda” of the BJP and that “Ram temple would not be an election issue,nor a political issue” for the party in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP would go into 2014 elections with development agenda,Rajnath said.

He was in Amritsar to attend a meeting of the Punjab BJP executive committee in preparation for the Lok Sabha polls. The two-day meeting began Sunday.

Responding to queries regarding Shah’s comments during a visit to Ayodhya on Saturday,Rajnath said,“The issue (construction of a temple at the site) should not be unnecessarily politicised.”

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It was a “national issue” that was sub-judice and “we should wait for the Supreme Court judgment”,he said.

Shah had not tried to make the issue a political or electoral one,he asserted.

The BJP chief also invoked a Supreme Court “definition” to state that Hindutva was a way of life. “Religion cannot be made a political agenda”,he added. “Hindutva cannot be limited to any caste,sect or religious boundary.”

Rajnath also reiterated that as per the information with him,Shah had just expressed his “wish” for construction of a grand Ram temple at the site claimed to be his birthplace. A Hindu would obviously want a temple,a Muslim a mosque,a Christian a church and a Sikh a gurdwara,he added.

Responding to a question,Singh ruled out differences within the NDA on the issue.