- BJP UP chief Keshav Maurya violated Election Commission code of conduct
- Election Commission strictly prohibited the use of any religion, caste or creed during election campaign
- The temple will be constructed after the elections: Keshav Prasad Maurya
- Ram Mandir is a subject of faith. It is not going to be built in two months: Maurya
BJP today once again raked up the controversial Ram temple issue just ahead of the first phase of the crucial seven-phase Uttar Pradesh election starting February 11.
The Uttar Pradesh party chief claimed that a “grand” temple will be built in Ayodhya if the party comes to power with full majority in India’s most populous state.
“Ram Mandir is a subject of faith. It is not going to be built in two months. The temple will be constructed after the elections. The BJP will come to power with a full majority,” the party’s Uttar Pradesh chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said while talking to media in New Delhi.
Keshav Maurya was caught in another controversy last year with party posters in which Maurya was depicted as Krishna, UP as Draupadi and Akhilesh, Rahul, Mayawati and others as Kauravas.
Clear violation of Election Commission code of conduct
In a strict warning, Election Comission of India announced to all regional and state parties to strictly desist from making any religious comments. The top poll body, in a notification earlier this month adressed to heads of all parties, said that strict action will be taken against anyone who indulges in making religion remarks. “The commission will not remain a silent spectator if the provisions of law or MCC is violated,” EC said in the notification.
Will EC take stern actions against this violation or not is the matter of concern, earlier BJP leader Sangeet Som was also raked controversy by playing Muzaffarnagar riots cds in his polls campaign vehicles. Two people were booked in connection of the violations.
BJP raised Ram Mandir issues after mahants promised to support
Last week, the chief priest of the makeshift temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya said Hindu saints in Uttar Pradesh will support the BJP if Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises to get the Ram temple constructed.
“After the Modi government took over, we hoped that now the temple would be constructed. Modi must visit Ayodhya, give us a guarantee and announce that that he will get the Ram temple constructed during his tenure,” Acharya Satyendra Das said.
“Then we will mobilise the Hindu masses to vote for BJP as ‘mahant’ and ‘sadhu’ in Uttar Pradesh enjoy a strong following. If we support the BJP, it will definitely win,” he said.
Therefore BJP is just trying to gain support from Hindu mahants with religious polarisation.
With PTI inputs