Will Ayodhya make a comeback as poll issue in Uttar Pradesh?
by T. Brajesh Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Twenty-four years after the disputed Babri mosque was demolished in Ayodhya, Ram Janmabhoomi continues to be a key political issue in Uttar Pradesh. But the question is whether this will be converted into an election issue in UP. With the UP polls just a few months away, the anniversary of Babri mosque demolition today (December 6) underlines this question more significantly. The politicians moving around in the state are confronted with this question by the party rank and file.
There are indications that major political parties are keen to use Ayodhya as an issue during UP elections. All the major political parties in the fray — Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party — have started their poll campaign in UP. Ayodhya and Ram Janmabhoomi can be seen emerging as crucial poll issues for some parties which know that Ayodhya could affect the dynamics hugely in the state. There are several instances that set the speculation mills in the motion about the political parties planning to make Ayodhya a poll issue in UP.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Minister Mahesh Sharma’s visit to Ayodhya ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections has raised the question whether the BJP is trying to rake up the issue of rebuilding Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. While explanation was given that Sharma’s visit to the city was only to inspect the site for a Ramayana museum. But the political observers did construe it to be an exercise aimed at exploring the possibility of using the issue for political benefits ahead of the UP elections. However, Sharma had insisted that he was visiting in his capacity as tourism minister and that this visit had nothing to do with Ram Mandir or the elections.
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