Raking up the Ram temple issue in Chhattisgarh on the last day of campaigning for the first phase of assembly polls, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Saturday said that Congress is the biggest hindrance in the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“Bhagwan Ram ka bhavya mandir Ayodhya mein bane iss marg mein sabse badi baadha koi hai, toh Congress hai, kyunki Congress nahi chahati ki Ayodhya mein Ram Mandir bane. Jo Congress Ram ki nahi ho sakti woh hamare bhi kisi kaam ki nahi ho sakti, (If there is anyone who is the biggest hurdle in construction of the grand Lord Ram tmple in Ayodhya, it is the Congress, because they do not want it to be constructed. The Congress which could not be of Ram, cannot be of any use to us),” said CM Adityanath addressing a rally in Kawardha of Chhattisgarh.
The matter is pending before the Supreme Court. Taking a swipe at the grand old party, CM Adityanath said senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had petitioned before the court that a decision should not be taken over the issue before 2019. “The Congress should be asked if their relation is with (Lord) Ram or with foreign invader Babur. The Congress has no idea about the country’s respect and ‘swabhimaan’ (self-respect). The Congress always played with the national security and is now coming in front of you for votes,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.
Recently, CM Adityanath had changed the name of Faizabad to Ayodhya and indicated about the construction of a 150-meter long statue of Lord Ram on Saryu river. Uttar Pradesh minister Shrikant Sharma said, “Either the visits of the Congress president to temples is an exercise to garner votes or he should support the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. The party should make clear its stand on the issue.”
“The Congress encouraged Naxalism for its gains, but when it (Naxalism) became dangerous for the security of people, it was the BJP which had to deal with the issue sternly. The Congress has been encouraging Naxalism actively and covertly,” he alleged.
“The Congress, for its own gains, played with the security of the country. Be it Chhattisgarh or Jharkhand, where the issue was giving asylum to Naxalites or using states like Kashmir for political benefits. But for the BJP, national security is of prime importance, hence (it) never accepted toying with it,” Adityanath said.