BJP remembers Ram temple only before elections: Congress

The Congress on Saturday slammed BJP leader Amit Shah for his comments on building a grand Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site saying Shah was indulging in political gimmicks ahead of the national elections.

BJP general secretary Amit Shah on Saturday said that he hoped a grand temple dedicated to Lord Ram will be built soon in Ayodhya, perhaps signalling the direction the party’s campaign will take in the upcoming national polls .

“I came here to pray to Ram Lalla. I wish we will soon build a grand temple for Lord Ram here,” Shah told the media in Ayodhya.

Reacting to his statement, senior Congress leader and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the BJP leader was fooling the people.

"They have raised the issue many times.. Why didn't they do anything when they were in power? The issue is in SC and they are not presenting on full facts to the people..," he said.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. AFP

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. AFP

Party leader Rajeev Shukla also hit out at Shah saying the BJP talks about the Ram temple only during elections.

"Even Modi has never been to Ayodhya.. this is only a political gimmick," Shukla said.

BJP President Rajnath Singh, who is in Nagpur, refused to comment on the issue and said he wasn't aware of what Shah had said. "Had I heard the statement he made, I would have definitely given my reaction," he told reporters.

BJP general secretary Amit Shah on Saturday said that he hoped a grand temple dedicated to Lord Ram will be built soon in Ayodhya, perhaps signalling the direction the party’s campaign will take in the upcoming national polls .

“I came here to pray to Ram Lalla. I wish we will soon build a grand temple for Lord Ram here,” Shah told the media in Ayodhya.

Shah, a key aide of the party’s campaign chief Narendra Modi, was visiting Ayodhya for the first time since being appointed the head of the party’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh. Modi had earlier skipped an event at Ayodhya to which he had been invited.

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