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In LS manifesto, BJP goes back to basics

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 18, 2013
First Published: 22:30 IST(18/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:07 IST(19/10/2013)

Notwithstanding Narendra Modi’s reliance on the development plank to gain mass acceptance, the pet issues of the BJP and RSS — building a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya, scrapping special status to Jammu and Kashmir and introducing a uniform civil code –– will be part of the BJP’s 2014 manifesto.

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Manifesto committee head Murli Manohar Joshi confirmed this on Friday while inviting the public to send the BJP their suggestions on key issues via the website bjpelectionmanifesto.com.

These three issues also found a mention in the party’s 2009 manifesto.

Joshi, however, made it clear that core issues like the Ram temple construction were "non-negotiable" and would not removed from the manifesto “whatever the feedback.”

Joshi's remark underscored the pressure on the BJP not to appear to have given up on Hindutva despite its prime ministerial candidate Modi’s focus on development issues to woo a larger section of society. "We continue to maintain that a solution to the Ram temple lies in the judicial process or by building a consensus through talks," Joshi said.

A draft version of the BJP manifesto will be ready by the end of December.

Under a uniform civil code, one set of secular laws will govern rights relating to property and personal matters like marriage, divorce, maintenance, adoption and inheritance for all communities irrespective of religion. At present, the law in these matters differs in different communities.


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