How did the Congress price hike turn into an anti-Ram Mandir protest? News18 explains BJP’s priority to Ayodhya and the neck bone of the opposition
Union Home Minister Amit Shah linked the Congress’ protests against the government to “insulting” Lord Ram and playing appeasement politics. He claimed that the Congress chose this day of protest to further its hidden agenda of appeasement politics.
Taking a lesson from Union Minister Amit Shah’s remarks, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath apologized to the Congress for “insulting” Ram devotees by protesting in black clothes on the day the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya began two years ago. asked to ask
In a video message, Adityanath slammed the opposition party for protesting in black clothes when the people of the country were celebrating “Ayodhya Day”. He accused the Congress of playing with people’s faith in Lord Ram.
The Congress, however, dismissed the allegation as fake and called it an attempt by the government to give a “malicious twist” to its protest.
The BJP is trying to link the protest with the anniversary of the establishment of the Ram temple. On August 5, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, concluding one of the longest legal battles in independent India.
Ram Mandir Politics and Formation of BJP
The politics around Ram and Ayodhya has been one of the key reasons behind the phenomenal rise of the BJP in national politics. In 1984, the party with just two seats dominated the political scene and came to power at the Center for two consecutive terms for the first time.
The Ram temple issue has been a significant milestone that redefined politics since the 1980s and eventually led to the fall of the Congress and the rise of right-wing politics. In this period a section of the then Bharatiya Jana Sangh and the Janata Party came together and formed a new political entity, the Bharatiya Janata Party.
In the following decades, with a strong nationalist Hindutva outlook, the party became the first non-Congress Indian prime minister to serve a full five-year term in office under Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
protest on the back foot
The Ram temple movement not only saw an electoral victory for the Congress, but also prompted opposition parties to backtrack on the issue. During the Ram Mandir agitation in 1990, the BJP attacked the Samajwadi Party leader and gave him the infamous title of ‘Maulana Mulayam’ after he ordered firing on kar sevaks in Ayodhya.
‘Election around Ram’
The Supreme Court gave its verdict in November 2019, allowing the construction of the Ram temple. The BJP had fought several elections promising the construction of the Ram temple as one of its primary issues.
The party made it a point to “vote for Ram” during the recent UP assembly election this year. According to a report in The Print, hundreds of sadhus including prominent religious leaders such as Mahant Ramdas, Naga Sadhu Arjun Das and Baba Brajesh Das were deputed for preaching. His job is to tell the voters that the dream of Ram temple is going to come true under Yogi Adityanath and Modi government.
The Yogi Adityanath government has prepared a plan to show the aura of Vaishnav tradition in Awadhpuri, the birthplace of Lord Ram. Under the proposal, the impression of city tradition will be left by constructing the architecture of various new government buildings and hotels. A Times of India report said that their names will be based on mythological characters.
Several other governments have also appealed to voters to pay for their visits to Ayodhya through pilgrimage schemes.
During the recent assembly elections, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal had promised free pilgrimage to people in Uttar Pradesh and Goa. In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and MNS leader Raj Thackeray had announced to visit Ram temple in Ayodhya.
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