27 July, 2021

"No Point Making It An Election Issue"

T. Narayan
"No Point Making It An Election Issue"
The RSS is solidly behind the BJP decision not to rake up Ayodhya in the forthcoming assembly elections. Its spokesperson, Ram Madhav, explains to Outlook why it is important, at least for the time being, not to rekindle the issue. Excerpts:

The VHP and the BJP seem united on Ayodhya. At the same time, some VHP leaders attack the BJP for not being serious on the temple front. Is it part of a Sangh design to keep the electorate confused in the assembly polls?
There is no design. There has been a slight difference in perception between the VHP and BJP over Ayodhya. The BJP is part of a coalition government. It has to keep the sentiments of other parties (members of the nda) in mind before it takes any action on issues close to its heart. The VHP, on the other hand, is not a political party. So, their leaders don't mince words when it comes to talking about emotional issues. But the VHP has been quiet for some time now.

Is it because Ayodhya doesn't fetch electoral dividends any more?
There is no question of thinking in terms of...

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