Not getting the kind of public support it had expected on issues like corruption and law and order, the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to revive the issues of Hindutva and Ram temple in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, with the party planning to wrap up its Jan Swabhiman Yatra at Ayodhya on November 17.
In a bid to enthuse the party cadre and reach out to the electorate of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP had launched the Jan Swabhiman Yatra from Varanasi and Mathura simultaneously on October 13. Both these cities have been on BJP’s Hindutva map after Ayodhya due to the Gyanvapi-Kashi Vishwanath temple issue at Varanasi and the Keshav Dev temple-Shahi Idgah issue at Mathura.
Asked if the party was trying to revive the temple issue, BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “We began this yatra from Mathura and Kashi (Varanasi). Ayodhya is an important cultural centre not only for Uttar Pradesh but the whole country. The yatra is aimed at ending Ravan rule (oppressive regime) and ushering in Ram rajya (good governance).”Agencies