Alleging that the Congress is the biggest hurdle in the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh minister Shrikant Sharma Saturday asked its president Rahul Gandhi to make clear his party's stand on the issue instead of visiting shrines across the country "to garner votes".
"Either the visits of the Congress president to temples is an exercise to garner votes or he should support construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. The party should make clear its stand on the issue," the state power minister said.
Asked about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its sister organisations adopting an agitational approach to enable the construction of the temple, he said they were toeing the line of the BJP, which has clearly mentioned in its election manifesto that the issue would be resolved within the framework of the Constitution.
Sharma said, "The Allahabad High Court had in its judgement clearly mentioned that a Ram temple existed in Ayodya and a subsequent geological survey supported it."
On the BJP's prospects in assembly elections in five states, he said the party would win a landslide victory.
The party has transformed the "sick" Madhya Pradesh into a well-developed state, Sharma claimed.
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