Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had his speech interrupted for nearly four minutes during a function in his home constituency Lucknow over demands for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Singh was addressing a Yuva Kumbh event when a group of people attending the function began to heckle him raising their demands for the construction of Ram Temple. They, according to news agency ANI, chanted repeatedly, “Jo Mandir Banwayega, vote ussi ko jayega (We will vote for the party, which constructs the Ram Temple).” This lasted for several minutes, disrupting Singh’s speech.
Visibly annoyed by the unruly behaviour, Singh refused to continue with his speech unless sanity was achieved in the audience.
Ram Temple issue gaining momentum particularly after the BJP lost elections in three states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too had recently raised the issue in his speech by vowing to construct the temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Speaking at Yuva Kumbh on Saturday Adityanath had said, “Some people were speaking about Ram Janmabhoomi… they were saying that they will only vote for the party that will build Ram temple. I want to assure you that whenever that happens and we’ll be the ones to do it, nobody else can do it.”
The Supreme Court this year had refused to hear the case over the Ayodhya dispute on a priority basis while stating that the dates for its hearing will be announced in January. The BJP has always demanded its early and expeditious hearing so that the saffron party is able to extract the much-needed electoral mileage in the next year’s Lok Sabha polls.