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'BJP temple card would not work in elections'

Ashok Bajpai on Saturday said that BJP's temple card would not work in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 20:55 IST

Senior Samajwadi Party leader and Agriculture Minister Dr Ashok Bajpai on Saturday said that BJP's temple card would not work in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. Bajpai said the BJP had been trying to create communal discord on the eve of the elections.

Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Saturday Bajpai said the BJP was a spent force in the state and it was for this reason it had been trying to play communal card in UP. The minister said while in power the BJP had been talking about secularism and now it had resorted to communal and divisive agenda to win the elections. However, he said that the gameplan would not work as the people had lost all hopes in the saffron brigade. He said the BJP could not encash on the temple card again.

Assailing the BJP of demanding the imposition of the President's rule, Bajpai said the Samajwadi Party was ready for elections and BJP leaders should also move out to people instead of parroting for central rule.

Asserting that law and order in the state had improved the minister said "BJP leaders feeling safe in the state decided to hold the national conclave in Lucknow." He said the BJP had no issue and had thus gone back on its old communal theme. Referring to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's adverse comment on governance in UP, the minister said the state's situation was far better than any Congress-ruled state. The minister also enumerated development schemes undertaken by the state government. He criticised the centre for not providing funds for state's development.

Email Masoodul Hasan: mhasan@hindustantimes.com