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BJP sees big chance to play temple card

lucknow Updated: Aug 31, 2010 09:24 IST
Manish/HT Correspondent
Manish/HT Correspondent
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If the deliberations at the three-day meeting of the RSS, which concluded in Chitrakoot on Sunday, are anything to go by, the Sangh's political arm, the BJP, is all set to revive the Ayodhya issue.

At the meeting of the organization secretaries of the RSS, which was also attended by BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, there was near unanimity that the BJP should not shun the temple issue, which catapulted it to power in UP in the 90s. The High Court judgement in the Ayodhya title suit is expected in September and the saffron brigade, feels that the "time is ripe" to revive the issue yet again.

Coinciding with the VHP and RSS's three-month long show -- Hanumat Shakti Jagran, during which its volunteers have started getting the people to take a pledge to build a temple, the BJP too is planning to whip up a frenzy. "When Nitin Gadkari had arrived in Lucknow, UP BJP president Surya Pratap Shahi had told him that the state unit would hold a major event in September. The verdict is also coming in September. So it's clear that an effort is being made to reach out to the people and convince them that we have not gone back on our promise to build a grand temple in Ayodhya," a party leader said.