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Congress accuses BJP for playing political game over Ram Mandir


New Delhi: As the first instalment of stones is set to reach Ayodhya to begin with the construction of Ram Mandir, the Congress Party accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday for using the Ram Mandir dispute to recuperate from its lost pride.

Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit accused BJP of reinitiating the 25-year-old ‘drama’ of and blamed them to revive this topic every time they fall in the public eye.

“The age-old drama has once again started. The stones were brought but the temple was never built. Whenever the image of the BJP goes down in the public, whenever they feel insecure, they start raising the Ram Temple issue,” Dikshit was quoted as saying to a newspaper.

He also emphasised on the contribution of other BJP supporters in the re-escalation of the issue and their political agenda for doing the same.

“The business that the VHP, RSS, Hindu Mahasabha and the BJP do in selling the name of Ram is world’s best marketing strategy. Unfortunately, the BJP has made the so-called God, i.e. Ram, a political weapon which they use to regain their lost pride,” he added.

Dikshit’s views were supported by another Congress leader PL Punia, who emphasised on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for raising the Ram Mandir issue strictly for political gains and accused them of reaching to any extent for achieving that.

“The RSS was first saying that the issue of Ram Temple in Ayodhya is very important and that it should be built. But when the matter went to the court, they said that the temple would be built after the orders of the High Court,” PL Punia exclaimed.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had declared nearly six months back a countrywide drive to gather stones for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. They have already collected two trucks of stones and it reached the city yesterday.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat had earlier said that he would make sure that the temple is constructed and emphasised that the temple is constructed in his lifetime.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the narrative for upcoming Lok Sabha elections will not revolve around the Ram temple but issues such as jobs, farmers problems and “corruption in the Rafale deal”.

“The narrative is very simple for 2019 elections. Jobs for India’s youth. What will set the narrative is destruction of economy by (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi,” Gandhi said.

“The third narrative is education and healthcare for India’s people. And the last is immense corruption done by Mr. Narendra Modi where he stole Rs 30,000 crore from the nation in the Rafale deal and gave it to his friend,” he added.

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The Congress President’s remarks came in response to a media query outside Parliament as to whether the Ram Mandir issue at Ayodhya would affect the upcoming general elections.

Gandhi said that the Ayodhya issue is being heard by the Supreme Court. “Let’s see what Supreme Court will do on Ram temple,” he said.

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Union Minister Smriti Irani, who was on Friday visiting Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, the parliamentary constituency of Rahul Gandhi, attacked the Congress President over his remarks.

“Rahul Gandhi has made it clear today that he has no connection with Ram lalla, he has nothing to do with Mandir,” Irani said. (IANS)