Ram Temple will not be the plank in UP assembly polls: Maurya
Lucknow: Setting a rather difficult target of 265 plus seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly, the newly-appointed state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President, Keshav Prasad Maurya, on Tuesday asserted that Ram Mandir would not be a poll plank in the next polls in 2017.
''Ram Mandir has always been a matter of faith for the BJP while we will contest the polls with development as the main issue,'' he said at a choc-a-bloc press conference at the state party headquarters.
His statement assumes importance in view of the fact that Maurya comes from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) cadre and had been close to VHP's late president Ashok Singhal.
Free the state from SP and BSP:
- The UP BJP Chief reiterated that BJP in Uttar Pradesh had a task cut out for it to make UP free from Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
- SP is family-based party while BSP has caste-orientation, he says.
- Maurya says BJP provides the right alternative in Uttar Pradesh.
- The law and order of UP is at its lowest ebb.
On cases against him:
- I came to know about cases against me only after becoming the state BJP head, he said.
- ''More cases will be registered against me because I have to continue my fight for the people against the government,''he points out.
- ''All the cases against me are political,'' he adds.
On BJP strategy:
- Out of the 403 assembly seats in UP, the BJP will try to get 265 plus seats in 2017.
- Out of total 1.40 booths, the BJP has already reached one lakh in UP.
- Will galvanise the cadre to disseminate the message of Modi' development.
- Will repeat the Lok Sabha 2014 in UP assembly 2017.
- BJP will rout its opponents in the same manner the Congress was eliminated from the Centre.
On Ram Temple:
- BJP will not make it an agenda in the polls.
- We will happily give this issue to opponents.
- The opposition may make Ram Temple an issue.