BJP Chief Amit Shah Challenges Opposition To 'Clear Stand On Ram Mandir'

| February 3 , 2019 , 17:55 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) kicked off its poll campaign for the 2019 elections with the ‘Bharat Ke Mann ki Baat’ event on Sunday. Shah accused the Congress of putting up obstacles to the temple's construction through its lawyers in the Supreme Court.

Amit Shah challenged the opposition parties to clarify their stand on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue. The BJP chief reiterated the party’s commitment towards the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. 

Speaking at the event in New Delhi, Shah said, “The case is pending in court. The BJP-led government had decided to return the land belonging to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas which was acquired in 1993. Today, I request the opposition through this platform not to be an obstacle in the running of the case and allow it to run smoothly.” 

Addressing BJP’s booth presidents from 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of western UP in Amroha, Shah said religious leaders and shankaracharyas, who assembled at the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, have said that they want the temple constructed at the earliest.

Chanting “Jai Shree Ram”, Shah said, “I am here to tell BJP workers (that) there should not be any confusion: the party believes, and we all are committed, that a grand Ram temple should be built at that place at the earliest."

"There is no confusion in our mind on this… I want to ask Congress president Rahul Gandhi to declare before the elections whether he is in favour of building a Ram temple there (Ayodhya),” he added.

Shah said the Nyas has asked the Modi government to return the land, and the government has decided that it should be given back. He said the land in question was acquired by the government under the Congress, and the BJP government will return it to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.

Shah dared other parties to make their position on the issue clear. He said, “We are standing strong on the pledge that the Ram Temple should be constructed on the same land as soon as possible. There is no confusion in the BJP regarding this issue. I would request all the political parties to clear their stand on Ram Janmabhoomi matter.”

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Shah, along with veteran BJP leader Rajnath Singh, launched "Bharat ke mann ki baat, Modi ke saath" in Delhi. The programme is a month-long exercise by the party to seek suggestions from around 10 crore people across the nation to aid the party in preparing its 'sankalp patra' or manifesto.

The BJP President claimed that the exercise had been launched in a bid to democratising the process of preparing the party's manifesto, adding that this "unique experiment will strengthen democracy."