Yogi has Ram Temple gift for Diwali, says UP BJP chief..Yogi minister calls it drama

New Delhi, Nov 2: With RSS raising the ante for Ram Temple, the BJP too joined the growing clamour for Ram Temple in Ayodhya. BJP's UP chief went to extent of saying that people should expect some good news from UP CM Yogi Adityanath around Diwali. On the other hand one of BJP's ally in UP and Yogi's cabinet minister termed the Ram Temple debate as election drama by the BJP.  UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey on Friday said that it would be appropriate for Yogi to reveal the Ram Temple strategy. “Yogi Ji mukhyamantri ke saath saath bahut bade sant hain. Nishchit roop se unhone Ayodhya ke liye yojana banayi hai. Diwali aane dijiye, khushkhabri ki pratiksha kijiye... Mukhyamantri ke haathon wo yojana saamne aayegi to uchit hoga (Yogi Adityanath is not just the chief minister but he is also a famous saint. Certainly he must have made some strategy on Ayodhya. Let Diwali come, wait for the good news. If the CM announces the plan, it will be apt),” Pandey added.

Pandey's statement came after RSS said that Hindus were feeling "insulted" by the Supreme Court's declaration that the Ayodhya issue is not a priority and insisted that an ordinance would be needed if all options run out.After a three-day RSS conclave here in Maharashtra, its general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the organisation "will not hesitate to launch an agitation for Ram temple, if needed, but since the matter is in the Supreme Court, there are restrictions."He said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was "not putting pressure" on the government as "we respect the law and the Constitution which is why there has been delay."Joshi added that the Ram temple issue was among the various matters discussed when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here earlier in the day."We respect the Supreme Court and urge it to take into consideration sentiments of hindus," Joshi said while addressing a press conference after the National Executive meeting of the RSS here on the outskirts of Mumbai."The wait for the (Supreme) court's verdict has been too long. Since the matter was listed on October 29, we felt Hindus would get good news before Diwali. But the Supreme Court deferred the hearing," he said."We will not hesitate to launch an agitation for Ram temple if needed. But since the matter is in the Supreme Court, there are restrictions," he added."It is a matter of pain and anguish that an issue which Hindus consider their faith and sentiment is not in the priority list of the court... Hindus are feeling insulted," he added.Asked about the demand of various Sangh Parivar outfits for an ordinance for early construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, he said, it was the right of those asking for it."The government should consider this option if all other options run out... it is up to the government," Joshi said.Meanwhile, Om Prakash Rajbhar, a BJP ally and member of the Yogi Adityanath cabinet, Friday termed the Ram temple debate an "election drama" played every time the polls are near.Amid a push from Hindutva groups for legislation which allows the building of a Ram temple on the disputed Ram Janmabhoombi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, Rajbhar's remarks seemed to challenge Adityanath."Whenever elections are near, the issue of the Ram temple crops up, said the Syheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party chief."Whenever the elections are near, the issue of Ram temple crops up. When there are no elections, no one remembers Lord Ram... this is election drama, Rajbhar told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.He questioned if anyone could construct a temple at the disputed site when the matters is before the Supreme Court."Either both the parties sit together to resolve the issue or wait for the court verdict, he said.All this is being done only to tell people not to lose patience," he said, apparently referring to the recent statements by Hindutva politicians.Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath recently said he would prefer early hearings in the Aydhya land dispute case before the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court had eaarlier said it would it would decide in January on the course of hearings in the case.Rajbhar said the issue is being used since 1980 and Hindus are being befooled."Today, education and employment are the more important issues," he said, asking people to focus on them.He alleged if a CBI probe is ordered, 95 per cent seers of Ayodhya will go to jail.

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