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Questioning the timing of the Centre's bid to construct Ramayana museum in Ayodhya, Left parties today accused BJP of seeking to again exploit the public sentiment for electoral gains and termed it an attempt to distract people's attention from the party's "failure" in delivering on poll promises.
"The BJP has continuously exploited people's sentiment about Lord Ram for electoral purposes. That's exactly what they are doing once again.
"So, that's the desperation they fall back upon. They have not been able to deliver on a single promises made during the last Lok Sabha elections," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.
Terming the move as an attempt to distract public attention from BJP's alleged failure in keeping poll promises, Yechury said people will not fall for the "games" the saffron party is playing this time around.
Echoing his views, senior CPI leader Atul Anjan said the museum has been proposed keeping an eye on the elections in Uttar Pradesh "where BJP is searching for political ground".
"Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma had gone to inspect the site in Ayodhya. In fact, he had gone to find political land for BJP and not for the proposed museum. They don't want to construct Ramayana museum, but vote museum," Anjan said.
The Modi government plans to set up a Ramayana Museum in Ayodhya, about 15 km from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex.
Sharma today visited Ayodhya to inspect the proposed site where the government plans to build the museum, which would be part of Ramayana circuit.
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