Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was talking about development, economic growth and UP’s backwardness at an election meeting at the Government Girls Intermediate College here, hardly a kilometre away at the same time former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani was once again promising a grand Janmbhumi Temple at Ayodhya in a bid to exploit the religious and emotive issue to woo voters in this sleepy and dusty town of Bahraich on Friday.
“Manmohan Singh addressing rallies in UP will not serve any purpose as the Congress is already out of the electoral battle”, he said, adding that it would have been better if the Prime Minister had shared dais with him”.
That the temple issue has not lost all its steam yet was evident by the fact that frenzied crowds raised loud slogans of Jai Sri Ram whenever Advani broached the subject in his over 20-minute-long address.
He did not forget to cash in immediately on the slogan and said that the meaning of the Jai Sri Ram would be completed only after construction of the temple at Ayodhya and asked amidst loud applause that “Agar Ram Ka Mandir Hindustan Aur Ayodhya Meien Nahien Baneg To Kahan Banega”.
Ruling out any possibility of Mulayam coming to power again in UP, Advani said each an every as aware of this fact mainly because Mulayam disappointed one and all and at the same time ‘advised’ the Chief Minister to take rest, at least for now, from he active politics.
The Samajwadi Party could go to any extent to remain in power and I asked for votes to serve themselves instead of people and the state, he added.
He regretted that only UP was still lagging behind while other BIMARU states of the country had come a long way and were no more in the list of the BIMARU states. The former Deputy Prime Minister praised the chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states, particularly Gujarat, said that Narendra Modi had set an example of governance and speedy progress.
Giving full credit to Atal Bihari Vajpyee and is amazing popularity, Advani said that it was because of Vajpayee that the BJP had been succeeding and had traveled a long distance from two Lok Sabha seats in 1984 to being the biggest and the major opposition party of the country.
While the Prime Minister praised the Sachar Committee, the former Deputy Prime Minister condemned the same asking the Congress, which ruled the country for a long time, the reason behind the delayed and sudden urgency to know about Muslims and their welfare and pitiable condition. “If the minority community is still lagging behind none else but the Congress is responsible for it”.
Crticising the appeasement policy of the Congress, Advani said that the Constitution was one for all and the Congress concern should be for the poor, the downtrodden and all others irrespective of their religion, caste or community.
“In fact the Congress was bothered for Muslim votes and not for Muslims and even the minority community had realised this fact, Advani said clarifying that BJP has never been against Muslims and said that APJ Abdul Kalam became the President because o the BJP’s initiative and support.”
He claimed that the BJP would gain clear majority in the Vidhan Sabha and urged people to vote and support the saffron brigade as there as nobody could be a better Chief Minister than Kalyan Singh, the projected CM o the party.