‘Temple card’ expires, BJP loses Ayodhya.

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    ‘Temple card’ expires, BJP loses Ayodhya.
    HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
    Lucknow, March 07, 2012

    BJP, which rode to power in UP at the height of the temple movement in the 1990s and projected its fiery sanyasin Uma Bharati, a torchbearer of the temple movement as its chief ministerial candidate, suffered defeat in Ayodhya on Tuesday.
    BJP candidate Lallu Singh, a five time MLA
    from the temple town, lost to Samajwadi Party’s Tej Narayan Pandey alias Pawan Pandey by nearly 3,000 votes.

    The development, party leaders admit, truly signals that the “temple card” may have outlived its utility for the BJP.

    The vote share of Singh, 57, had been steadily declining, from 51.3% in 1991 to 38.72% in 2002 to 37% in 2007. The winner, Pawan Pandey, 30, a former Lucknow University Students Union leader, had based his campaign entirely on Ayodhya’s development.

    “I would do for Ayodhya what Lalluji couldn’t do in five terms,” he had promised. Even the locals appeared to have been a bit miffed by BJP candidate. In the run up to the campaign, the All India Akhara Parishad chairman, Mahant Gyan Das, had told HT: “They use Lord Ram as an election agent.”

    ‘Temple card’ expires, BJP loses Ayodhya - Hindustan Times
    Good to see that both BJP's anti minority politics and Congresses minority appeasement politics have failed in UP.
     
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  3. lemontree

    lemontree Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    People want development, water, electricity and good roads...but their replacement is just as useless.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Just too bad.

    Miracles occur!

    But a man is a fool if he compares himself to another fool - Lalooo!
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    The reason is simple; they didn't build the temple and played with the faith of people. BJP deserved this.
     

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