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BJP treats ‘Ram’ as a party cadre, says Nitish

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New Delhi: Lambasting the BJP for trying to mislead the people using religion and ‘Ram’, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the party treated the Hindu god as a party cadre.

While RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat’s recent comments on the completion of the ‘Ram Mandir’ in Ayodhya generated a media hype, Nitish Kumar’s statement questioning the BJP’s sincerity towards building the temple created quite a flutter. Nitish’s comments also eclipsed Bhagwat’s endeavour to arouse feelings of Hindutva.

Well, Nitish Kumar does have the credentials to question the genuineness of the BJP’s attitude towards Ram. And there are obvious reasons for Nitish to take a dig at the BJP. It was in his bastion where the wheels of the Modi juggernaut came off.

Nitish rightly pointed out that only a court verdict and an agreement between two communities can facilitate the construction of the temple. BJP was using the temple issue to reap political mileage, he stated.

While Bhagwat said, “None can say when and how the temple will be constructed, but we need to be prepared and ready”, Nitish refuted the statement saying, “they will talk of constructing the Ram Temple at the same site, but will not give dates. The BJP has only been trying to keep the issue alive”.

BJP did not have “genuine respect for Ram”, Nitish Kumar told reporters in Patna, lambasting the party for trying to generate a false hype.

“They just want to exploit people’s feelings for Ram. The party has hardly made efforts to sort out the (temple) issue, but uses it for political reasons at intervals”, said the Bihar CM.

Though the next general election is miles away, a horde of state assembly election is ensuing. With BJP losing its footing in Bihar, it is clear that anti-BJP sentiments are gaining momentum.

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah had even feted Nitish Kumar to be the next Prime Minister

“Nitish ji ko ab tayyiari karni chahiye Dilli aane ki aur agla Pradhanmantri banne ki,” (Nitishji should now get ready to move to Delhi as the next Prime Minister), Abdullah said recently.

With Lalu Prasad Yadav making a sensational comeback and notable Chief Ministers of different states attending the coronation ceremony of Nitish Kumar, it is a clear indication that a third front is gearing up to topple the Modi government. And undoubtedly, Nitish with his charismatic political approach will lead the pack.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Baba Ramdev: Babri Case is not a matter of Land but Conscience

"This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. This is a matter of conscience."

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Baba Ramdev said to the audience, "This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. Wikimedia
  • Baba Ramdev recently spoke at World Peace and Harmony Conclave
  • The Patanjali founder called the Babri Case a matter of Conscience and not land 
  • Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq also spoke at the event

August 14, 2017: Yoga guru and Patanjali founder Baba Ramdev spoke at the World Peace and Harmony Conclave on Sunday.

On the topic of the Babri dispute, Baba Ramdev sided with Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, a Shia cleric, that peace is the only way the matter needs to be resolved. The Shia cleric also spoke at the event.

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Baba Ramdev said to the audience, “This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. This is a matter of conscience.” Maulana Kalbe Sadiq also promoted peace as a solution to the Babri dispute. He further said that if the Supreme court verdict is in favor of the temple, then Muslims should give up their claim on the disputed land, mentioned PTI report.

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Further, the cleric expressed full faith in the proceedings of the Supreme Court. ANI reports that the Maulana also said, “If Babri Masjid verdict is not in favor of Muslims, then they should peacefully accept it.”

He also said that giving away one thing that is close sends thousands in return, a remark which has received a lot of criticism.

On Friday, the Supreme Court began the cross-hearing in the Babri case. Maulana’s comments imply that Shia Waqf Board accepts having a mosque built at a distance from the disputed land.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Government seeks solution to Ramjanmbhoomi dispute through talks: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Ayodhya

Adityanath's visit was the first by an Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to the site in 15 years, and it was also his first to the town after taking charge

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Twitter
  • Governments always did politics on the dispute and ignored  the development of the holy city Ayodhya, says Yogi Adityanath 
  • Muslim groups from Lucknow have come forward in recent days with a proposal to hand over the Ramjanmbhoomi to Hindus
  • Adityanath is the first Chief Minister of UP to pray at the Ram Janmabhoomi since 2002

Ayodhya, May 31, 2017: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said his government seeks a harmonious solution to the Ramjanmbhoomi dispute within the ambit of law through talks, after he visited Ayodhya and offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here.

Adityanath’s visit was the first by an Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to the site in 15 years, and it was also his first to the town after taking charge.

Speaking at a public meeting here, Adityanath said that while other governments always did politics on the dispute and ignored development of the holy city, his government is concerned about its all-round development.

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“We will try for an amicable solution to the Ayodhya Ramjanmbhoomi dispute, within the ambit of law. The dispute should be resolved by dialogue,” Yogi Adityanath said.

The Chief Minister said he is happy to see that many Muslim groups from Lucknow have come forward in recent days with a proposal to handover the Ramjanmbhoomi to Hindus.

“I hope that a harmonious solution is found. Especially now since the Supreme Court has also expressed its willingness in that direction,” he said.

Adityanath also held a meeting with the administration for two and half hours and participated in the birthday celebrations of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, chief priest and head of the Ramjanmabhoomi Nyaas, which led the Ram temple movement in the 1990s.

He also offered prayers at Hanuman Garhi temple and Sarayu ghat.

The Chief Minister announced development fund of Rs 350 crore for fixing the drainage system, renovation of ghats of Sarayu river, staging of ‘never ending’ Ramlila for the pilgrims and beautification of the temple town.

Adityanath also instructed to start daily Sarayu Arti on the lines of Ganga Arti in Varanasi.

“Earlier governments neglected Ayodhya and felt ashamed of working for its development. They even tried to restrict the Churasi Kosi Parikrama… We will begin all these…We will change everything now and provide all facilities to pilgrims visiting Ayodhya,” the Chief Minister said.

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He said his government is coming up with similar schemes for Mathura, Varanasi and other places of religious importance.

“I went to Hanuman Garhi, Ram Janmbhoomi and Sarayu ghat, and suggested that we improve the ghats and beautify the Ram ki Pedi area… We’ll also see to it that the city drains do not pollute Saryu river, and for that we will build a Sewage Treatment Plant,” he said.

Adityanath is the first Chief Minister from the state to pray at the Ram Janmabhoomi since 2002.

Adityanath’s visit comes a day after a CBI special court in Lucknow ordered framing of criminal conspiracy charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veterans L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti along with nine others in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.

Officials, however, told IANS that there was no link between the court proceedings and Adityanath’s visit to Ayodhya and said that it was pre-scheduled.

On Tuesday, the BJP Chief Minister had called on BJP veterans Advani, Joshi and Bharti, ahead of their court appearance. (IANS)

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VHP wants Modi Government to Legislate a Bill for the Contruction of Ram Temple in Ayodha

Senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra said that Modi Government should enact a legislation in which would enable the construction of ram temple in Ayodha

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Uttar Pradesh, Mar 25, 2017: After the Supreme Court’s mandate which came on tuesday that the Ayodha case should be settled out of court, Senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra said that Modi Government should enact a legislation in the parliament which would enable the construction of ram temple in Ayodha, as reported by PTI.

On issue that the Supreme Court has mandated that the issue should be resolved out of court, he has said that dialogue can only be held with friends, people of similar thoughts and people of same level.

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He is of the view that the one of the reasons for the massive mandate that BJP got in the 2014 general election and the Uttar pradesh Assmeble polls is the expectation of the public that the a huge temple would be built on the Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodha.

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VHP’s international working president Praveen Togadia has also repeated his earlier demand that a law should be enavted enabling the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Mr. Togadia had added that when in 1991 the then Prime Minister Chandrashekhar’s union government had tried to get VHP and the Babri Action Committee (BMAC) to sit at one table to amicably solve the matter. However when the VHP had submitted all proofs of a temple being there, the BMAC members abandoned that meeting.

Further he had said that the excavation by Geo Radar and  the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the directions of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High court has already proven that there was a grand temple at site of Babri structure. The High Court has also accepted enough proof of existence of a temple on the site of the Babri structure and the Muslim community had agreed that if there was proof enough of the existence of a temple on that site they would withdraw their claim.

Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself