BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said that the BJP wants a Ram temple to be constructed at the earliest in Ayodhya, drawing huge applause from thousands of party members, and accused the Congress of creating hurdles in the issue’s early resolution in the Supreme Court.
In his inaugural address at a party convention in Delhi, he dismissed the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties as a “sham”, saying they are a disparate group with neither a leader nor any policy and have been brought together by their greed of power.
He also said that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections were like the third battle of Panipat between Marathas and the Afghan army fought in the 1761. Saying that the election results will be equally significant for the country, Shah said that the polls would be “a battle of ideologies”.
Mocking the “bua-bhatija” alliance of Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party and Mayawati”s BSP, he said they could not stand each other but have now joined hands due to the BJP”s fear.
In his speech, which lasted over an hour, Shah repeatedly emphasised the significance of the upcoming polls, stressed on a number of Modi government’s measures- especially those related to security, curbing corruption and welfare programmes- and hit out at the Congress for its dare to target Modi on the issue of graft when its president Rahul Gandhi is on bail in a “case of corruption”.