Assembly election: Ayodhya has come to the centre-stage once again

Samarth Srivastava

Samarth SrivastavaBy Samarth Srivastava

Published on 18 Oct 2016 12:15 PM GMT

Assembly election: Ayodhya has come to the centre-stage once again
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Lucknow: Ayodhya seems to have come back to the centre stage, largely because of assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. Major political players, the Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janta Party, have planned or launched some project or the other there to keep the Ram temple town in focus and temple issue alive.

The third major political party in the state, the Bahujan Samaj Party, is not playing the religious card. It is still according top priority to party rallies in different parts of the state and dalit vote-bank. Since it may not be enough the party is trying to woo some upper castes particularly Brahmin.

It is a different story for the other two contestants. Both depend on consolidation of community votes and not caste. While the BJP would like consolidation of Hindu votes, the SP Muslim. This has helped these parties in the past and may help again. At least this is what they seem to hope.

It was the temple issue which had brought the BJP to power in the state for the first time in 1992. Expectedly, the issue is more important to the party than any other. Prime Minister Narendra Modi puts more stress on development but he too would like consolidation of Hindu votes as had happened in the previous parliamentary election which had helped the party win a majority.The Samajwadi Party depends largely on Muslim votes which at times are divided between the SP and the BSP. Ayodhya has played a major part in the victory of SP too in the past. It's love for the place ,therefore, is understandable too.

Making use of its present position the party has launched a number of schemes in the town including a theme park of international standard. Hundreds of crores will be invested in the town which may benefit the people in the area.

The place is more significant for the BJP. So, it is setting up a Ramayan museum in the town. The party government at the Centre is taking care to see that the project is completed on time and that all hurdles are removed . A senior minister visited the site on Monday to see for himself the arrangements made in this connection.

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Samarth Srivastava

Samarth Srivastava

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