Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath has said that a Ram temple in Ayodhya was a matter of faith and not an election issue, steering away from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion during his Vijayadashami address that a law should be introduced to build a temple ahead of the 2019 LS polls.
“Ram temple in Ayodhya is a matter of commitment and belief for us, not an election issue,” the chief minister told a group of select journalists in New Delhi on Friday.
On the BJP’s prospects in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in his state, the CM said the NDA will manage to win more than the 73 seats it did last time. When asked about reversals BJP suffered in the bypolls held early this year, he said they were because of local issues.
Adityanath was optimistic about farm policies and schemes paying rich political dividends. He highlighted the special efforts taken for February’s Kumbha Mela, for which foreign dignitaries and the diplomatic corps would be invited.
Those participating in the Kumbha Mela would get an opportunity to visit ‘Vat Briksha’ and ‘Saraswati Koop’.
He added his government has secured the permission of the defence ministry, in charge of the area. He also said his government was set to start the process of recruitment of about 50,000 constables.
He said while newly appointed 35,000 cops were undergoing training, “we plan to hold the written test in January first week,” for more. He also highlighted his government’s efforts to provide ration cards to about 3.5 crore families.