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Ram temple very much on agenda: Katiyar

Ayodhya, Feb 27: Senior BJP leader Viy Katiyar on Monday claimed that there was a wave in favour of his party in Uttar Pradesh and said constructing a grand Ram temple here was “very much” on the party’s agenda. The BJP leader accepted that development was an election issue for the party but said “without the Ram temple everything is incomplete”. “The Ram temple issue is in our ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto) for the state polls and I have been speaking about it in all my election speeches,” he said while talking to reporters here after casting his vote in the fifth phase of the ongoing assembly elections in the state. The firebrand leader said the Bharatiya Jata Party was committed to the temple construction issue. He said there were three ways to fulfil that commitment — court verdict, settlement through talks by constitutiolly ecting a law in Parliament or constructing the temple on the lines of the restoration of the Somth temple in Gujarat. Katiyar said: “The Uttar Pradesh elections are very important for us as after a win in the state we will have a majority in the Rajya Sabha and we can easily make a law in favour of constructing the temple.” He also said that the BJP had no hard feelings for the Muslim community and was in fact working for the entire society, irrespective of caste and creed. (IANS)

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