In a significant turnaround, the newly appointed chief of Bhartiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh, Kaeshav Maurya, on Wednesday denied that the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya was ever his party’s election agenda.
He told reporters in Lucknow, “Ram janmbhoomi ka mudda kabhi BJP ka chunaavi mudda nhi raha (Ram Janmbhoomi issue was never an election agenda for the BJP).
Maurya, who was recently appointed the new Uttar Pradesh BJP chief, had recently said that Ram temple was an issue of faith and will not be on BJP’s agenda in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
“Hamara mudda mandir nahin, vikas hoga…Bhagwan Ram meri aastha hain, mudda mera vikas hai (Ram temple will not be agenda for polls. BJP will contest the polls on the issue of development. Lord Ram is an issue of faith for us),” Maurya was quoted by Indian Express.
The saffron party had in the past had made Ram Temple as poll issue but was forced to ignore the issue due to compulsion of coalition politics.
Although, Narendra Modi had won a decisive mandate in 2014, he had done so promising development agenda.