New Delhi: The BJP today raked up the contentious Ram temple issue before the first phase of UP Assembly elections begins on February 11, saying a “grand” temple will be built in Ayodhya if the BJP secures an outright majority.
“Ram Mandir is a subject of faith. It is not going to be built in two months. The temple will be constructed after the elections. BJP will come to power with a full majority,” the party’s UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters here.
He also hit out at Akhilesh Yadav, saying the UP chief minister supports neither backward classes nor Dalits, “he only betrays”.
His remark came after the Allahabad high court directed the UP government to ensure that no fresh caste certificates are issued to those belonging to 17 Other Backward Classes (OBC) groups.
Asked about the SP-Congress alliance, Maurya said, “SP is a sinking ship and that of Congress had sunk long back. Even if BSP joins it, they will not be able to salvage it.”
Alleging that the entire government machinery under Yadav was embroiled in corruption, he said that after coming to power, the BJP will conduct a probe and if needed, “send them to jail”.
He accused the UP chief minister of cheating people and claimed there were irregularities in admissions, women’s safety issues were not given priority and ‘dial 100’, launched to improve police services, was nowhere to be found.