Setting the tone for the five-phase Assembly polls in Jharkhand starting November 30, BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday raked up the issue of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, abrogation of Article 370, committee for reservation of the backward and “70 years of Congress misrule” while underlining the “double engine” growth of Jharkhand under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
At two separate rallies in Manika and Latehar, Shah spoke of Modi’s “strong” response to Pakistan following the terror attacks in Uri and Pulwama.
At one of the rallies, he asked the crowd: “Should the Ram temple be built in Ayodhya or not? Tell me, mothers and sisters. Every person in this country wants a Ram temple. But the Congress stalled the case.” It was met with cheers of “Jai Shri Ram”.
“We wanted a resolution to this dispute within the framework of the Constitution. Now see, how with the blessings of Lord Ram, Supreme Court has cleared the way and a big temple will be constructed. Modiji is resolving age-old problems,” he said.
He said that if the BJP government returns to power, it will form a committee to increase the percentage of reservation among the backward caste. He called it “social justice”. The government, he said, has already undertaken an exercise for sub-categorisation of Other Backward Class.
On Kashmir, he said the Congress delayed abrogation of Article 370. “Batao 370 jaani chahiye thi ki nahi, zor se bolo jaani chahiye thi ki nahi? Aap sab ki baat maante huey, August 5 ko Modiji ne dhaara 370 hata diya (Tell me, 370 should have gone or not? Modi abrogated Article 370 after listening to all of you).”