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Updated: October 2, 2010 03:39 IST

We now have answer for critics of Ram temple plank, says BJP

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari and senior leader Sushma Swaraj during a meeting of the party's core committee after the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit, at L. K. Advani's residence in New Delhi on Thursday.
PTI BJP president Nitin Gadkari and senior leader Sushma Swaraj during a meeting of the party's core committee after the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit, at L. K. Advani's residence in New Delhi on Thursday.

For the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Ayodhya verdict has come as a sort of closure of the Ram temple movement it launched in 1989.

For years, the party faced allegations from its supporters and voters outside and the sangh parivar members within that it had exploited Ram politically and then abandoned the Lord when in power.

A senior party leader on Friday said: “For years, we were asked repeatedly what had happened to our Ram temple plank and the movement that we began in 1989. We had no answer. But now, after the verdict, we have the answer. If a Ram temple does come up in Ayodhya, we can say our movement has succeeded. It has delivered …”

While ruling out using the issue as a poll plank in Bihar or in Uttar Pradesh or elsewhere, party leaders were of the view that the process of legitimately constructing a Ram temple had begun and would help the BJP recover from the embarrassment of being seen to have abandoned the issue. It was claimed the “BJP never used Ram temple as a poll plank. For us, it was a core national issue ...,” although in the 1991 Lok Sabha poll campaign this was the BJP's main agenda.

In fact, in Bihar the verdict may have coincidentally helped to narrow down the differences between the BJP and its alliance partner, the Janata Dal (United), on the Ram temple at a time when the poll process in the State has begun and notifications have been issued for the first few phases of polls. “We were always for a Ram temple [at the disputed site] while the JD(U) favoured resolution through a verdict. Now a verdict has come, which we have welcomed,” said a senior party leader, indicating that there was no room left for any misunderstanding between the two parties on this issue.

The BJP view was that “politically” a sort of framework for some kind of resolution of the conflict has been opened up by the verdict. Its statement after the verdict talked about the opening of a “new chapter for national integration,” meaning a fresh start for Hindu-Muslim relations.

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We need to rise above our emotional conditionings and also these selfish politicians if we are really serious about saving this country from impending coma.

from:  JSingh
Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 at 12:13 IST

Let the contesting parties concerned be left alone to decide their next courses of actions. Why others are complicating the matter? When title has been decided by the Court why the dishonest brokers are inciting the parties concerned to perpetuate enimity?

from:  Gouri
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 21:32 IST

where is the relation between BJP's so called 'movement' and the judicial process? BJP, just used the issue to raise sentimental feelings of people and win elctions, which was their actual 'movement'. Even if they had not started their so called 'movement', judicial process would have had a conclusion.

from:  anil
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 11:19 IST

The construction of the Ram Temple is the achievement of the Congress Party rather than BJP. And Congress Party has the full right to enjoy the positive effects of the verdict.

from:  Bhavna Singh
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 04:14 IST
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