Advani replays mandir tune
Making a strong pitch for a Ram temple at Ayodhya, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani on Sunday asserted that the party remained resolved to the “mandir issue”.india Updated: Feb 16, 2009 01:39 IST
Making a strong pitch for a Ram temple at Ayodhya, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani on Sunday asserted that the party remained resolved to build this shrine saying the “mandir issue” had helped it catapult to power at the Centre before.
“The party has not forgotten its resolve to construct Ram Temple in Ayodhya. It was the mandir issue, which finally took BJP to power at the Centre and several states and changed the course of Indian politics,” he said.
“The BJP is still committed to the construction of Ram Mandir. The real essence of ‘Jai Sri Ram’ can be realised only after the Ram Temple is built in Ayodhya,” he said while addressing Rashtra Raksha Vijay Sankalp Rally in the Hindi heartland.
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said five years of the UPA government witnessed upsurge in terrorism. He accused the Centre of making things difficult for the common man. He claimed that there were no cases of farmer suicides in BJP-ruled states, while such incidents were occurring in non-BJP states.
Advani charged Manmohan Singh with working on the dictates of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. He said BJP would face the electorate on issues of terrorism, corruption and farmers’ plight.
Questioning the veracity of Pakistan’s claims on arresting those involved in Mumbai attack, Advani said: “My question is whether the role of the ISI behind every terror attack was probed by Pakistan.”
On UPA’s ‘Aam Aadmi’ slogan, he said: “Despite its concern for the ‘aam aadmi’, the prices of essential commodities have gone up in the last 3-4 years.” Seeking to show Manmohan Singh as a “powerless” premier, Advani said: “Once it was 7 Race Course Road that was considered the most important address. Today, it is 10 Janpath.”
First Published: Feb 16, 2009 01:37 IST