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Renaming UP cities a 'lollipop' from BJP to lure voters: Sena

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The said Saturday the renaming of cities in by was a "lollipop" to lure voters ahead of the polls next year.

The party, in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', also slammed the over his announcement about the construction of a statue of Lord Ram, saying the government was playing the Ayodhya card to mislead people as it has failed on all fronts.

"has announced that a statue of Lord will be made in Ayodhya. He has also renamed Faizabad (district) as Ayodhya and had earlier rechristened as Prayagraj. However, the demand of hundreds of martyred kar sevaks was for a temple, not his statue," the party said.

"However, the government only gave a new name to Faizabad and a statue. This is a lollipop given by the BJP in view of the upcoming general elections," it added.

The Sena demanded that the government formulate a new law in Parliament to pave the way for the construction of temple.

"There are already many statues of Lord Ram in the world. Indonesia, Mauritius, have huge statues of Lord Ram. However, the demand is that the government free Lord Ram from the and place him in a temple," the editorial claimed.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 18:40 IST