Winning 325 seats in Uttar Pradesh may have propelled the BJP into securing one of the largest electoral victories in the history of the state but it has also posed numerous challenges before the party, including the expectation that now the party will build Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
A senior local leader of the BJP told India Today that the landslide victory appears to be riding on the expectation that if the obstacle of lack of central and state coordination are removed, the long-pending issue of Ram Temple will finally be resolved forever and after some time, the demand will gain prominence.
He said that whenever the central government was requested to start the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, they rejected the plea on the ground that the state government will not allow the construction. But the BJP will have no excuses this time as both the central and state governments are with them.
BJP PROMISED IT IN MANIFESTO
Social activist Vijay Upadhyay said that having returned to power after a long gap of 14 years, the party may not want to let this issue rock its boat since one of the primary reasons for this landslide victory for the BJP is the promise made in its manifesto that the party will strive to build the Ram Temple within the limits prescribed by the Constitution of India.
He said this government has primarily been formed on majority votes and has proved that a majority government can be formed without religious appeasement.
Earlier when the Modi government was formed in the Centre the demand for Ram Temple was raised but the central government had given the excuse of not having a majority in the Rajya Sabha, but now the situation has turned in the party’s favour and now the people may not be in the mood to take any more excuses on this issue.
Talking to India Today on the condition of anonymity, a senior priest of a prominent Agra temple said the majority voters have elected BJP into power because they wanted the temple to be built and now that all conditions are finally favourable for the construction of the temple, the demand for the construction to begin will rise soon.
He expressed hope that the central and state governments will coordinate on this matter now and instead of giving more excuses, will work together and find a way to build the temple. He said BJP knows what people want in the state and the VHP will also stand in full support of the state government if it begins the construction of the temple.