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Shah: Congress stalled Ram Mandir, we’ll make a grand one

Devoting a large part of his election speech to the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Amit Shah also tried to woo the tribal population

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India Elections Shah: Congress stalled Ram Mandir, we'll make a grand one

Taking upon himself the onerous task of leading the BJP to victory in the Jharkhand Assembly election, party president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Latehar today targeted the Congress with reference to the coveted Ram temple in Ayodhya, the decks for which have been cleared by the Supreme Court. Shah said that the Congress created obstacles in the Ayodhya case.

“The Supreme Court has given a historic verdict on Ayodhya. The court’s decision has cleared the way for the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya and now there will be a grand temple scraping the sky,” the BJP president said.

Referring to the decision of the central government to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said that the Congress had been dragging its feet about letting the case conclude for 70 years in the greed of its vote bank, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed the blemish on the “crown of Bharat Mata” (Kashmir) by removing Article 370 and paving the way for the development of Kashmir. “After the formation of the government with an absolute majority again, the Narendra Modi regime did the essential work of removing Articles 370 and 35A from Kashmir within the first session,” Shah said.

Shah said that everyone wanted a Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya but the Congress party did not let the case run. “This verdict did not materialise for so many years. We also wanted that a solution to this dispute be found following the Constitution and, look, the Supreme Court decided so by the grace of Sri Ram!” the home minister said.

“The judgment has paved the way for a grand Ram temple to be built at the same place. The Supreme Court of India has given a historic verdict and ruled that in Ayodhya, where Sri Ram was born, there should be a grand temple,” Shah said triumphantly.

Shah woos Adivasis

The home minister tried to woo tribal voters as well during the rally. Shah referred to the schemes being run by the Union government for the tribal people. He said that the BJP government had left no stone unturned to work for the pride of the tribals in the past five years. He said that the BJP government had given Rs 32,000 crore under the district mineral fund for the development of the tribal population.

“For the education of the children of our Adivasi brothers and sisters, the prime minister will make Ekalavya School inside every tribal block across the country,” Shah said. Within five years, the BJP government built 438 Ekalavya schools in the country he told a large gathering in Latehar.

The home minister claimed that the Raghubar Das government of the BJP had ended Naxalism (Maoism) in the State in five years. “The Das government has taken a lot of steps towards ending Naxalism,” Shah said, adding, “This is the reason that electricity, roads, drinking water and cylinders etc has arrived in every corner of Jharkhand today.”

Shah fiercely attacked the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, saying that the Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh government had given Rs 55,253 crore for the development of Jharkhand in the 13th Finance Commission but the Modi government gave Rs 3,08,487 crore for the purpose.

The BJP government, under the Jharkhand State Tribal Promotion Society, also ensured that the income of Adivasi women increases by encouraging the cultivation of lemongrass and tulsi, Shah said.

‘Made by Atal ji, developed by Modi ji

Shah said that the BJP government erected a memorial in Birsa Munda’s birthplace and workplace in his honour. “For the first time in 2018, after 70 years, a degree college was sanctioned,” he told the cheering crowd.

In his speech, the home minister said that the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee had carved out Jharkhand and the Modi government was working towards building it as a vibrant State.

The seat-sharing talks with the LJP and AJSU having failed, the BJP is going it alone in the election to the Jharkhand Assembly of strength 81 seats.

Anti-incumbency is palpable in the State, but a larger section of the voters do not see a viable alternative in the Hemant Soren-led JMM although Babulal Marandi-led JVM(P) may make some inroads. AJSU, with which the BJP was reluctant to strike an alliance, is saddled with its founder Sudesh Mahto who is now reduced to being a caste leader, suggest the feedback Sirf News has received from Jharkhand.

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