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Development not Ram temple to be key poll issue: UP Dy CM (Dangal 2019)

IANS  |  Lucknow 

The BJP invariably raises the issue before a but not so this time around as it's "not an issue" as it would await the Supreme Court's verdict. The 2019 Lok Sabha will be fought on the plank of development, Uttar Pradesh Minister said.

"is not an election issue for us because it is the issue of our faith which is bigger than any issue," Sharma told IANS in an interview.

Sharma said the BJP, in its 2014 election manifesto had made it clear that it will follow the wishes of the different parties in the Ayodhya dispute or follow the Supreme Court's guidelines.

He pointed out that many times, people had sat together to mediate on the dispute but "unfortunately it has failed in the past.

"And that is the reason why we are looking at the to give its verdict on the issue," the former Mayor, who is also a professor, said.

Commenting on the SP-BSP-RLD (Rashtriya Lok Dal) alliance in the state, Sharma said: "These parties look different from the outside but they are the same from inside. Their only motive is to stop from returning to power.

"They (SP-BSP and the Congress) have not announced their alliance publicly but are performing as alliance partners from the inside," he maintained.

Sharma also accused of acting as a "dummy" for the SP-BSP to cut into the BJP's vote share.

The BJP and its ally Apna Dal had won 73 of the state's 80 seats in 2014. The had won two and the SP five.

Taking a jibe at recently-appointed Vadra's meeting with Chandrashekhar Azad, Sharma said, "The Congress, by supporting caste parties like and others is trying to again breathe air into such parties which were curbed by Modi and (Uttar Pradesh Minister) Yogi Adityanath."

"It is the third election for Priyankaji. Earlier, she had campaigned in two Lok Sabha If you look at her election campaign in 2014 you will find that she covered 46 seats and of these the Congress lost in 44 seats. At many places many of their candidates lost their deposit," he noted.

Sharma said that due to the BJP's 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' mantra in 2014, and its policy to move away from caste or community politics, there had been no communal riot in the state in the last three years.

"The main issue for the BJP is development," he said.

Asked if there was a Modi wave in the country, Sharma said: "There is an atmosphere for Modiji across the country."

Hitting out at opposition parties for questioning the strikes across the border in Pakistan, he said: "Few opposition parties are using such language which are making headlines in Pakistan," he said, adding: "And by doing so, they question the strength and valour of our country and the security forces," he said.

Urging the opposition parties to refrain from such comments, the said: "I want to advise them that are meant to strengthen the democratic system and not to demean the pride and respect of the country. And the opposition should refrain from such utterances."

The noted that elections for the Congress' first family had now become more of a picnic.

On the Nehru-Gandhi family, the said: "The family has a history of participating in elections. Now it seems that for them elections have been reduced to a picnic. They can be seen campaigning during elections, but after the elections are over they go on vacation to foreign countries," he said.

On Congress Rahul Gandhi's prospects for contesting from south India, Sharma said: "It is his party's matter. He can contest from anywhere, from the east or northeast or It's his party's decision."

"He is fearing (something) and I don't have any cure for his fear," he said.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 15:26 IST