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‘We cannot forget Ram’

india Updated: Apr 05, 2009 01:41 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Rajnath Singh, who is also a Lok Sabha candidate from Ghaziabad constituency, on Saturday, said Ram Mandir will be built but the issue should not be dragged into the vote-bank politics.

He agreed that some of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies do not agree on the way the temple should be built.

“We cannot forget Ram. We reiterate that Ram mandir should be built but with the consensus between the allies. This issue has been pending since long and we wish to expedite the matter within a time-bound programme. We also propose to set up special court for solving this issue, legally,” Rajnath Singh told HT on Saturday.

While terming BJP’s manifesto “historic”, he criticised the UP government for “framing” Varun Gandhi under the National Security Act (NSA).

“Varun does not have a criminal background. There are certain provisions of election Code of Conduct which could have been put on him but the state government slapped the NSA,” he said.

Meanwhile, Singh claimed the support of the Gujjar community after a group of students formally announced their joining the BJP. This was despite after only 82 people announced their joining.

This has created a furore among the leaders of the Gujjar community in the district. They now plan to ouster the members who have joined the BJP and have come out openly against the BJP and its candidate.

Last week the Gujjars held a Panchayat and took out a protest march against the BJP and its candidate and gave a slogan Rajnath hatao, Ghaziabad bachao (Remove Rajnath, Save Ghaziabad).

“People who have joined the BJP will be ousted as they have betrayed their community. We have around 2 lakh voters in Ghaziabad and the BJP cannot claim support of the entire community just on the basis of some betrayers. We are against the BJP after the incidents which happened in Rajasthan during the Gujjar agitation over the reservation issue during Vasundhra Raje’s government,” said Nand Kishore Gujjar, a Gujjar leader.

The Gujjars will hold a district-level Panchayat next week and discuss the plan of action against the BJP,” Gujjar leader Tikam Nagar told HT.