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I am ready to die for temple, says Kalyan

BHARATIYA JANATA Party national vice-president Kalyan Singh on Wednesday underlined the need for construction of the Ram Janmabhoomi shrine at Ayodhya for strengthening national unity.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2006 01:33 IST

BHARATIYA JANATA Party national vice-president Kalyan Singh on Wednesday underlined the need for construction of the Ram Janmabhoomi shrine at Ayodhya for strengthening national unity.

“I am ready to die for construction of the Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir at Ayodhya, which is a symbol of Hindus’ prestige and national pride,” the former chief minister said.

Singh, who returned to the city after a major surgery in Delhi, was addressing party workers at the State BJP office.

He said the main cause of increase in terrorist activities was the Muslim appeasement policy adopted by major parties like the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. He said a common civil code, strengthening Hinduism and Hindutva and revoking Article 370 were the need of the hour.

He regretted no party was talking about these vital issues due to the fear of losing Muslim votes.

He called upon party workers to go to villages to expose the vote bank and appeasement policies of rival political outfits and educate people about the disastrous results of divisive policies. He said people must also be told about the need to strengthen Hinduism in the larger national interest.

He said the BJP was the only alternative to the UPA Government at the Centre and the Mulayam Government in the State.  He described the SP and the BSP as two sides of the same coin.

Condemning Urban Development Minister Azam Khan’s demand for ‘Muslim Pradesh’, comprising parts of western UP, Singh said that part of the State was dominated by Muslims and as such it would become a ‘mini Pakistan’.

The BJP would never allow such a division of the State on communal lines, he added. It was strange that a man raising such an absurd demand, was still in the Cabinet, he said, adding it was an insult to the Hindus. Such demands were, in fact, aimed at paving the way for yet another division of the country, he observed.

The former chief minister announced he would soon go on a tour of the State to ensure the BJP’s victory in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections and raise awareness among masses about anti-Hindu forces, which were compromising with one other to remain in power.

Earlier, a warm welcome was accorded to Singh at the Amausi Airport and he was taken to the party office in a motorcade. Dozens of welcome gates were erected on way to the Vidhan Sabha from the airport.