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BJP Promises to Build Ram Temple in UP Election Manifesto

Lucknow: BJP President Amit Shah addresses during the party manifesto release for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in Lucknow on Saturday.PTI Photo by Nand kumar(PTI1_28_2017_000122A)

Lucknow: BJP President Amit Shah addresses during the party manifesto release for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in Lucknow on Saturday. Credit: PTI

Lucknow: BJP president Amit Shah today released the party’s manifesto for the UP assembly elections, promising to make efforts to ensure the construction of the Ram temple under constitutional provisions if voted to power.

The manifesto, called ‘Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra’ (Pledge for People’s Welfare), also promises to press for taking forward its view on the triple talaq in the Supreme Court.

“The party is firm on the Ram temple issue…efforts will be made to ensure that Ram temple is constructed under the constitutional provisions,” Shah said.

On the contentious issue of triple talaq, Shah said the party, on coming to power, will take views of women and present its opinion before the Supreme Court.

On the exodus of people due to communal tensions, he said a special team would be formed to check it at district level.

Shah also said all mechanised slaughter houses will be closed in the state.

Taking a cue from ruling Samajwadi Party, Shah promised to upgrade the Dial 100 of the state police to ensure police help in 15 minutes all over the state.

Shah also said his party will go beyond the Samajwadi Party’s laptop distribution scheme by providing 1 GB free data for one year besides free wifi in universities.

To ensure the safety of college girls, innovative ‘anti-Romeo squads’ will be set up near colleges to check eve-teasing. Besides, three women battalions will be raised for the security of women, the manifesto said.

While releasing the manifesto, the BJP president said the party will form the government in UP with a two-thirds majority.

He attacked the ruling Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, which have ruled UP for the last 15 years, accusing them of doing nothing to develop the state.

He also said the BJP, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would turn UP into a developed state, the same way as it has developed the other states it rules.

The BJP is going hammer and tongs to return to power in UP after 15 years.

In 2012, it had won only 47 of the state’s 403 seats, but in the 2014 national election, it swept 71 of the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats and hopes to repeat that performance in this year’s assembly election.

Elections in UP will be held in seven phases from February 11 to March 8.