BJP promises grand temple in Ayodhya if voted to power

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    LUCKNOW: BJP, which has been struggling hard to regain its pre-eminent position in Uttar Pradesh, today revived the Ram Temple issue promising construction of a grand temple in Ayodhya if voted to power.

    The BJP's manifesto for the state Assembly elections brought back the issue which had once propelled the party to the centerstage of national politics in the 80s and early 90s.

    "Construction of a grand temple is associated with the faith of crores of people of the country. Ram is the symbol of prestige, pride and dignity of the country. Unfortunately due to psuedo-secularism and vote bank politics it is being opposed. BJP is committed to remove all hurdles in the path of construction of Ram temple," the manifesto said.

    The manifesto was released by senior leaders, including Uma Bharati, Kalraj Mishra, Mukhtar Abas Naqvi, Narendra Singh Tomar, Suddhendra Kulkarni and UP state unit President Surya Pratap Shahi at the party office here.

    On questions regarding the temple at Ayodhya, Shahi said that the party was of the opinion that Hinduism was the life substance of the country, but due to vote bank politics it was being attacked by parties, including Congress, SP, BSP and the Left.

    Leader of BJP Legislative Party Om Prakash Singh said that the party was opposed to religion-based reservation.

    "The UPA government decision is motivated by vote bank politics and when BJP comes to power 4.5 per cent reservation for minorities would be scrapped and 27 per cent quota of the OBCs will be restored," he said.

    In fact for welfare and development of economically weaker sections among upper caste, the party announced to constitute a Samanya Nirdhan Varg Kalyan Ayog.

    "This commission will be constituted for 50 per cent people of unreserved class, who are socio-economically backward. Arrangement of necessary reservation for them will be made," Shahi said.

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    Kulkarni of BJP said that it was surely an aim, but not an election issue.
     
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    LUCKNOW: Promising sops for every section of society in its manifesto for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, BJP today opposed 4.5 per cent reservation to minorities from the 27 per cent quota of backward classes even as it said it was committed to the construction of a Ram Temple at Ayodhya.

    The manifesto was released by senior leaders, including Uma Bharati, Surya Pratap Shahi, Kalraj Mishra, Mukhtar Abas Naqvi, Narendra Singh Tomar and Suddhendra Kulkarni at the party office here.

    On questions regarding a Ram temple at Ayodhya, state president Shahi said that the party was of the opinion that Hinduism was the life substance of the country, but due to vote bank politics it was being attacked by parties, including Congress, SP, BSP and the Left.

    "Construction of a grand temple is associated with the faith of crores of people of the country. Ram is the symbol of prestige, pride and dignity of the country. Unfortunately due to psuedo secularism and vote bank politics it is being opposed. BJP is committed to remove all hurdles in the path of construction of Ram temple," he said.

    Releasing the manifesto, Leader of BJP Legislative Party Om Prakash Singh said that the party was opposed to religion-based reservation.

    "The UPA government decision is motivated by vote bank politics and when BJP comes to power 4.5 per cent reservation for minorities would be scrapped and 27 per cent quota of the OBCs will be restored," he said.

    In fact for welfare and development of economically weaker sections among upper caste, the party announced to constitute a Samanya Nirdhan Varg Kalyan Ayog.

    "This commission will be constituted for 50 per cent people of unreserved class, who are socio-economically backward. Arrangement of necessary reservation for them will be made," Shahi said.

    The party said that it was committed to good governance and clean politics.

    Offering sops to farmers, the party promised to provide loans at an interest rate of one per cent, besides constitution of a Krishak Kalyan Ayog to redress their problems and a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore Kisan Kalyan Kosh.

    "There will be a separate budget for the agriculture sector and a new policy will be chalked out," Om Prakash Singh said.

    Besides the party announced to give 24,000 annual pension to small and marginal farmers, farm labourers, weavers and workers above 65 years of age.

    In a major sop the party announced to fix state advisory price of sugarcane at Rs 300 per quintal in the next crushing season.

    The party has promised one cow free to every family living below the poverty line and complete ban on slaughter of cows in the state.

    In a bid to woo youths, BJP has promised to create one crore jobs in five years, besides loan of upto Rs one lakh on easy interest rate under Yuva Berozgar Credit Card, unemployment allowance of Rs 2,000 per month.

    On the state Lokayukta, the party said, the institution would be made more effective. Lokayukta would be authorised to conduct an inquiry against the Chief Minister and its recommendations would be binding for the government.

    "The party will take strong measures to check activities of ISI, Huji and SIMI and unlike SP and BSP regimes there will be no interference in the working of police and security forces," Om Prakash Singh said.

    Accusing the BSP government and UP CM of indulging in loot, the party said that a commission would be set up for thorough inquiry into all cases of corruption and scams, and property of those found guilty would be seized.

    "On the principle of justice and security to all, but appeasement of none, BJP will make concrete and honest effort for economic, social and educational progress of Muslims," BJP said on minority welfare in its 72-page manifesto.

    Promising to set up super specialised hospitals like AIIMS in Delhi, BJP announced free treatment of serious ailments to poor at district level and free medical card.

    For empowerment of women, the party has promised 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and government jobs, besides 50 per cent quota in local bodies and panchayat elections.

    It said Rani Laxmibai battalions would be raised in police and PAC in which only women would be recruited.

    On price control and food security front the party said that 35 kg wheat at the rate of Rs 2 per kg and free food grain would be given to elderly and shelter less above 65 years of age.
     
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    Didn't Sudheendra Kulkarni quit BJP ?
     
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    Temple should be constructed, By BJP or without BJP.

    These days, BJP has also started following path of Sickularist Congress. I can understand the political compulsion. But, Still, It's damaging the party.

    Vajpayee had to soften his stand on Temple and other religious election due to 100 odd MPs of so called smaller secular parties. They compromised and lost election in 2004 and even 2009. If BJP will back on it's Hindutava ideology, it will get overwhelm support and win around 225 MP's very easily and rest will get from like minded parties like ShivSena, Akali Dal, JD(u), RPI, HJC. Parties like AIADMK, BJD, AGP, JMM, Others will not play important role and that will be good for BJP.

    This is mere election news, I won't care so much. But sooner or later, BJP has to return on it's core ideology otherwise it will become another congress and eventually die.
     
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    On the contrary, it was the Hindutva agenda that cost BJP it's votes. Your analysis is probably off the mark and so was the earlier BJP thinking that selling Hindutva will get it votes.
     
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    He was not a BJP card carrying member.

    Yet, he is associated with the BJP in strategising!
     
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    Unless BJP shows its moderate 'face' it will not survive.

    Not many Hindus are enamoured by the antics of the likes of Togadias!
     
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    No, It's otherway out.

    RSS didn't worked for BJP in 2004 election as BJP became over-confidence of shining India campaign and ignored it's workers demand. They thought they can win again with performance. Large no. of workers didn't worked for party in 2004. BJP cannot even win 20 seats without RSS help. BJP is political party whose 2/3rd workers comes from 100's of organisation. These organisation are not part of BJP. It's unique party in that way.

    BJP left Hindutava in 1998 and1999, Because BJP had only 160-180 odd MP's, They needed 110+ more MP's. They didn't had support. Many parties like TC, AIADMK/DMK, BJD, TDP and others supported only if BJP will not follow it's core ideology. They did, Ultimately lost in 2004 & 2009. I am saying with full confidence.

    Once BJP will be back on Hindutava, BJP will lose some 5% voted but eventually it will get 15% more votes. BJP will be unstoppable. But for that, Party needs to raise the issue permanent and not during election. People know, BJP saying right now because of election.
     
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    Brigadier the BJP is not stupid to say his in the heat of an UP election.This statement must be taken into consideration in either of the two ways

    1)Keeping Uma Bharati out of UP politics
    2)Pushing the musliim votes to either SP/BSP
     
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    As long as BJP ignores BC's for the Upper castes i don't see much life for BJP in UP
     
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    I welcome if the BJP sincerely means the Ram Mandir issue..but I highly doubt it.

    Moreover the case in court and nothing much can be done about it.

    BJP's identity is a Hindu (Indian) nationalist party and it should remain true to it and stop flirting with its half baked pseudo secularist moves.

    Remain loyal to your core voter base !
     
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    No way BJP can woo BC's now. They kicked out Kalyan Singh, the lodh leader. They have no Yadav leaders. Brahmins are shunning BJP.
     
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    The Congress giving 4.3% (or whatever) from within the OBC quote has really got the OBCs concerned.

    And the BJP has fielded that firebrand Uma Bharati, the OBC Queen, who is bound to make heavy weather of the same!
     
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    100% agree.

    BJP won in U.P. because OBC + Upper Caste. It needs both.

    This time, they trying for that only. Kushwaha + Uma Bharti + Vinay Katiyar + Shahi are 4 card for the same purpose. Although,It's bit late. But nevertheless, This is only way, BJP can win.
     
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    Uma Bharati is also from Lodh caste and she has much more impact. Her entry into U.P. was also because of Kalyan.

    Yadav always voted to SP.

    Majority of Upper Caste are with BJP. But it makes only 20%. So, BJP can't expect more than 12%-15% vote with upper caste.

    BJP needs 30% Non-Yadav OBC votes. Kurmi+Koeri+Lodh are 3 most dominating OBC caste which makes 13%. BJP trying for that. Don't know, It's already late or not.
     
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    But Uma Bharthi is a Sanyasin, she has no caste now ? ;)

    Congres is actively wooing Kurmi's.

    Kalyan Singh was the most powerful Lodh leader out there. Uma Bharti has a pan 'Hindu' appeal imo.

    Khushawa is out so Koeri out of hands too ?
     
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    It's other way round !! the "Hindutva" issue didn't work out for BJP Before and neither it will in future

    It need to keep it's moderate stance in order to survive , Even the Shiv sainik's have turned to "Moderate" ideology from Extreme Right Ideology that they Possessed before

    Though i fully support "Ram Mandir" in Ayodhya
     
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    I agree on Uma part. She has pan "Hindu" appeal.

    Lodh population is around 5% and concentrated in only 12 Lok Sabha constituencies in central U.P. close to M.P. Kalyan Singh already retired from active Politics and nevertheless, UMA Bharti has strong backing from LODH community. She is even fighting in 1 of the LODH dominated constituency. So, BJP will get sizable vote from this particular cast.

    Vinay Katiyar is strong Kurmi Leader, In Koeri - There are many.

    Yes, Congress is trying his best for Kurmi. Benny Prasad become Minister due to that

    If BJP will get All Upper Caste + Non-yadav OBC, Then BJP will win 350 seats. :D , Even 50% each will make BJP number above 125+

    Very difficult to say, What will be outcome as it's very close fight in caste based politics. Let see.
     
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    It worked for BJP and will always work.

    Due to Ram Mandir, BJP moved to 182 from 2 seats within few years.

    BJP left Hindutava ideology in 1998 only due to collision government. Lost and Since 2004, it's in opposition.

    IMO, BJP can never leave Hindutava ideology, BJP has no strong sister-organisation or workers which will work for the party to win. It's all RSS. Yes, BJP might lose some 5% votes who are against Hindutava, But party will gain 15% from it's ideology. As of now, BJP is not serious on it's core ideology for political compulsion. But I am quite sure, sooner or later, It will happen. Don't know when ?

    If BJP will become moderate, it will become another Congress sooner or later.
     
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