Lucknow: Failure on all fronts forced the BJP to fall back on the Ram Mandir issue, Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan said on Tuesday.
He claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to foment trouble and disrupt communal harmony in the state ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, adding that the state government will maintain peace at all costs.
“The issue of Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid in Ayodhya is before the Supreme Court and all stakeholders should wait for its verdict,” Khan said in Rampur, his legislative constituency.
Any attempt to disturb the peace by raking up the contentious issue again will harm the secular fabric of the nation, the minister warned.
Asked for the state government’s response to reports that truckloads of stones had arrived from Rajasthan for building the Ram temple, the senior Samajwadi Party leader maintained that the Uttar Pradesh government will discharge its duties.
In August, the Supreme Court allowed repair of covers and provision of other facilities at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple at the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town. (IANS)
In September 2010, the Supreme Court had given a ruling to keep the status of the place, same.(IANS)
With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.
According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.
“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.
“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.
He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.
“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.
Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.
“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.
The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.
The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.
Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)