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RSS, VHP tell BJP to bring in Ram Janmabhoomi issue

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has seen many ups and down in couple of months, is once again landed up in a mess over the issue of Ram Janmabhoomi in their manifesto, which is going to be released on 7 April.

While BJP wants to play it safe, organisations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has warned senior party leadership of consequences, if they try to avoid the issue of ‘Ram Lalla’ in Ayodhya. They are demanding that the Ram Janmabhoomi issue should be there in the party manifesto, which will be released after three days.

A senior party leader claimed that while BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi wanted to keep the Ram Janmabhoomi issue in the party manifesto, party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is against the decision to include it — sensing this could trigger more controversy and could hamper party’s move in achieving Mission 272+.

Also, those who are close to Modi claimed that he never wanted to highlight the issue of ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’ in 2014 Lok Sabha election. ‘He is more focused on development and other futuristic plans away from the controversies and dogmatic belief. He believes in moving ahead with the time rather inviting troubles which will hamper nation’s growth,’ a party sources said.

When asked whether Ram Janmabhoomi issue is there in yet to be released manifesto or not, he said, ‘The issue is not there but there is a pressure from the Sangh to include it. There is a difference of opinion over the inclusion of Janmabhoomi issue within the party leadership. Some wanted to include it, while those who are young leaders are against party’s thought of digging old wounds.’

Earlier, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, while commenting on the issue, had said, questions of lack of development, inflation and unemployment were the party’s main focus this time and Ram Janmabhoomi issue was an ‘eternal truth’ for the party, which discussed in the party’s Palanpur resolution of 1989.

Even, party president Rajnath Singh commented on the issue by saying that it is a matter of faith, but what issues will finally get into the manifesto will be decided after discussions in our parliamentary board.

However, he stressed that presently the party is focusing more on development, tackling corruption, inflation and issues affecting farmers.
Sujit Nath

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