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Court must respect religious sentiments: CM Yogi on Ayodhya issue

Adityanath underlined the core Ram temple issue was not about the division of land among the parties to the dispute, but whether it (the disputed site) is the birth place (of Lord Ram) or not

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

Yogi Adityanath, Hindutva posterboy, has lost sheen following the BJP's poll reverses in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh, where he had addressed more than 75 rallies

chief minister today observed the court must respect religious sentiments regarding the vexed

Speaking on floor of the legislative assembly, Adityanath underlined the core issue was not about the division of land among the parties to the dispute, but whether it (the disputed site) is the birth place (of Lord Ram) or not.

“When the issue regarding the birth place has been settled then I feel the resolution of the matter should not take more than 24 hrs,” the CM said while expressing views on topical issues during the ongoing state legislative budget session.

In run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has upped the ante on the discourse with party president Amit Shah publicly proclaiming the saffron outfits’ commitment for the construction of a grandiose temple while daring the opposition parties, including Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to clear their stand on the subject.

On January 29, the Narendra Modi government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC), which is hearing the matter, seeking permission to return 42 acres of land to a litigant in the Ayodhya title suit case, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. The land was acquired by the Centre in 1993 after the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992.

Slamming the SP-BSP combine, the CM noted the parties, which had allegedly plundered the state, siphoned of public money and forced the state into anarchy, would not like UP to develop under the present BJP dispensation.

Taking swipe at the SC observation directing BSP president Mayawati to deposit funds spent on her statues in Lucknow and Noida memorials during her tenure as UP CM (2007-12), Adityanath said the ‘bhatija’ (SP president Akhilesh Yadav) should contribute money for his ‘bua’ (Mayawati), if the latter fell short of funds. SP-BSP have announced to fight the coming Lok Sabha polls together.

Adityanath claimed to have broken ‘Noida jinx’, wherein previous state CMs avoided visiting Noida for the fear of being dislodged from power in successive polls. “I have toured Noida five times after becoming the CM...leaders, who avoided coming to Noida had made Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway, the den of corruption and loot.”

He claimed when his government came to power, the three authorities were drained of resources and running huge losses due to the corruption of previous regimes. “Nearly 3 lakh homebuyers had deposited money during the past 10-15 years, but were left in the lurch. We have facilitated almost a lakh of these harried home buyers. Now, an international airport is coming up in Jewar (Noida), which would be India’s biggest airport, but the opposition parties would not acknowledge such development.”

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:34 IST
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