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BJP sets aside Ayodhya temple issue

The party has not been raising the temple issue in any manner because the people in Ayodhya have faced a lot of difficulties because of the temple controversy, reports Vijay Sharma.

india Updated: May 05, 2007 17:40 IST

The BJP which grabbed the power riding on the Ram wave has distanced itself from the contentious issue.

The party has not been raising the temple issue in any manner because the people in Ayodhya have faced a lot of difficulties because of the temple controversy.

Thus, the people are apathetic about the temple issue and the election. Fifteen candidates, including Beni Prasad Verma of the Samajwadi Kranti Dal and supported by the Congress, Ashok Tiwari of the BSP, Indra Pratap Tiwari alias Khabbu of the SP and sitting MLA Lallu Singh of the BJP, are in the fray for this prestigious assembly seat.

The temple is nowhere in the BJP's campaign. The party talks about the development of Ayodhya, Faizabad and rural areas of Poora Bazar and Maya Bazar.

Talking to HT about the voters' apathy, Nirmal Khatri, a prominent Congress leader, said the main cause was unnecessary restrictions imposed by the Election Commission and faulty voters' lists. Besides the scorching heat, another factor responsible for an indifferent attitude of the people was terror created by the paramilitary forces.

It was because of the paramilitary forces that the people preferred to remain indoors on the polling day, he said. He underlined the need for raising awareness among the people about their right to vote.

He further said every political party had to work for it. Dr Parmanand Sharma, a practising doctor of Faizabad, said people realised that there was nobody to bother about their development.

The entire exercise to elect people's representatives was nothing but a farce, as they (the elected representatives) were always serving their own purpose, he said. MC Kapoor, former chairman of the Faizabad Nagar Palika, said people were disappointed because of corruption and nepotism. They did not want to be part of this corrupt political system, he added.

That was the reason why they were apathetic about the election process, he added. Besides the blanket ban on the use of vehicles was yet another major factor responsible for the low turnout at the polling stations, he said.

However, Abhishek, a social worker, blamed the political parties for the poor response of voters.

"People are disenchanted with the political parties, as none of the leaders bother about their welfare or development," said Mohammed Hashim Ansari, the main plaintiff, in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhumi case.

He said the leaders, belonging to various political parties, made promises during the elections but never fulfilled them.

Anees, who runs a tailoring shop in the Muslim-dominated Kaziana Kotia Mohalla, said, "Our life is not going to change under any circumstances. What is the use of voting for any particular candidate or a party?"