The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would refrain from making Ram temple an issue during the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls due early next year.
“Ram temple is not a political and poll issue for us (the BJP). It is a matter related to our faith,” the party’s national vice-president and UP in-charge Om Mathur said here on Tuesday, replying to a question by journalists.
He said that the BJP had several issues to raise during the assembly polls. He made it clear that the party would contest the UP polls under a collective leadership. As of now, there was no plan to name anyone as the chief ministerial candidate.
Mathur revealed that the party had done its homework for selection of candidates for all 403 assembly seats. “The list of candidates will be released at an appropriate time,” he added.
For its part, the Uttar Pradesh unit of the BJP will use the party’s 10-day nationwide Sampark Abhiyan to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mhow, near Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on April 14 to highlight his government’s work, achievements and schemes among the people in the run-up to the UP polls.
Simultaneously, the party workers would try to reach out to 1.13 lakh booths across the state.
Mathur said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the 10-day long nationwide Sampark Abhiyan at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh on April 14. During the campaign, UP BJP will organise kisan chaupals to highlight Modi government’s achievement among the locals.”
“There are 55,000 gram panchayats in UP. BJP men have been asked to organise the kisan or gaon panchayats at each gram panchayat wherein party workers will apprise famers of different schemes started by the centre for them,” Mathur added.