Jharkhand 2019

Temple in Ayodhya will come up within four months: Amit Shah

Amit Shah. File.

Amit Shah. File.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

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At a poll meeting in Jharkhand, the Home Minister lashed out at Rahul Gandhi, saying he should give an account of development work carried out by the Congress in the State

BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said a sky-touching Lord Rama temple would come up in Ayodhya within four months which Indians from all over the world have been demanding for 100 years.

Making a blistering attack on the Congress, Mr. Shah asked its leader Kapil Sibal why he had sought to drag the Ram Janmabhoomi case in the Supreme Court.

“Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal sahab said, ‘Take up the case latter.’ Why do you have a stomach ache following the case,” Mr. Shah asked Mr. Sibal at an election rally in Pakur.

Addressing another meeting in Poreyahat in Godda district, Mr. Shah iterated “sky-touching temple” would come up in Ayodhya within four months.

On protests over the amended Citizenship Act, he appealed to students to study it which had no provision to take away citizenship of anybody.

“These Congress, AAP and TMC parties are misleading you and creating an atmosphere of violence,” he told the agitating youths.

Mr. Shah also asked the Opposition parties to abjure violence as “nothing comes out of it”.

“I want to tell you that the Supreme Court verdict has come, a grand Ram temple touching the sky is going to be built in Ayodhya within four months,” he said.

The Union Home Minister criticised Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for opposing the abrogation of Article 370. We will not tolerate anybody meddling with the country,” Mr. Shah said without elaborating.

Earlier, at the Pakur rally, the BJP president asked the people to be on guard against ‘traitors’ like Mir Jafar, alleging the Congress could neither develop the country and secure its borders nor honour the sentiments of the people.

Saluting the tribal freedom fighters who had launched “Santhal Hul” (revolution) against the British, Mr. Shah told the poll rally it was traitors like Mir Jafar who had allowed the British to establish their ‘raj’.

“Even today I will say identify traitors like Mir Jafar should not become your representatives. Vote for the BJP, Narendra Modi with the 56-inch chest can develop and protect the country,” he said without identifying any of the rivals.

“Soren Hemantji of the JMM wants to become Chief Minister sitting in the lap of the Congress. I would like to ask Hemant Soren who had opened gun-fire, tear-gas and resorted to baton-charge on the youth of Jharkhand during the statehood movement? If you don’t remember, ask Guruji (as Shibu Soren is referred to in the State),” he said.

“It was the Congress/RJD and Lalu Prasad who forced the youth of Jharkhand to martyrdom while the BJP-led Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had created Jharkhand,” he added.

“Now you made an alliance to become Chief Minister. You should feel ashamed of stooping to so low,” Mr. Shah said apparently taking potshots at Mr. Soren, JMM’s working president.

Asking the JMM leader why “Naxalism grew” during his time though he raised issues like water, forest and land, Mr. Shah said, “It is the Narendra Modi government which has buried Naxalism 20-feet under the ground”.

Listing out a host of welfare and developmental schemes and programmes of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and Jharkhand in the past five years, Mr. Shah said, “Rahul baba is talking about development. I have given an account of developmental work. Even BJP’s youth morcha president or worker can give the account. You will not know as you are wearing ‘Italian goggles,” he said.

Mr. Shah also promised to increase the OBC reservation percentage without reducing the SC/ST qyota and said the OBC Commission would be accorded constitutional status in Jharkhand.

He also ridiculed the Congress and the JMM leaders for reportedly asking what Jharkhand had to do with the country’s security.

“Several youth of Jharkhand are with the Army, the CRPF and the BSF, guarding snowy mountains, and they ask what Jharkhand has with the country’s security,” Mr. Shah said.

He also mentioned the surgical strikes and airstrikes following the Uri and the Pulwama terror attacks.

Pakur and Poreyahat will go for the fifth and final phase of polling on December 20.

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