Yogi in­vokes Ram, says SP and BSP don’t like his Ay­o­d­hya vis­its

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - Pawan Dixit & Agen­cies pawan.dixit@htlive.com

FAIZABAD: Launch­ing the rul­ing BJP’S civic poll cam­paign from Ay­o­d­hya, chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath on Tues­day said the Sa­ma­jwadi Party and the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party did not like his vis­its to the tem­ple town.

The CM was in Ay­o­d­hya and Faizabad to kick-start the party’s cam­paign for the three-phase civic elec­tion in the state on Novem­ber 22, 26 and 29. Polling in Ay­o­d­hya is in the first phase. “When­ever I come to Ay­o­d­hya, Sa­ma­jwadi Party and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party lead­ers do not like it,” Adityanath said.

The pre­vi­ous govern­ments ne­glected Ay­o­d­hya for no rea­son, he said, claim­ing, “There was no power or wa­ter sup­ply and drainage sys­tem was de­funct. Those who have ne­glected Ay­o­d­hya must not be for­given.”

In­vok­ing Lord Ram, the chief min­is­ter said the God was ‘cen­tral to ev­ery­thing’. “In In­dia, noth­ing can be un­der­taken or ac­com­plished with­out the men­tion of Lord Rama. He rep­re­sents our faith, and is the fo­cal point of all the be­liefs in In­dia,” he said.

The Art of Liv­ing Foun­da­tion head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who had of­fered to me­di­ate in the Ay­o­d­hya Ram tem­ple mat­ter through out-of-court talks, is sched­uled to meet the CM and stake­hold­ers in the Babri Masjid dis­pute on Thurs­day.

Wel­com­ing the spir­i­tual leader’s pro­posed visit, he said he looked for­ward to open talks with stake­hold­ers in the dis­pute. “Any ef­fort of me­di­a­tion and at any level is good and worth wel­com­ing. Talks had be­gun ear­lier also and one party al­ways ex­cluded it­self from it, so the prob­lem is not that there should be talks, but that both par­ties should agree to it. Good re­sults can come out of such talks, but the in­ten­tion should be right,” Adityanath told a news agency.

Ac­cus­ing the SP gov­ern­ment of block­ing all projects of the Modi gov­ern­ment, he said: “Thir­teen ci­ties from UP were se­lected for the Smart City project and 60 for Am­rit Yo­jana but the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment did not sup­port the Cen­tre to roll out projects in UP.”

He also charged the SP gov­ern­ment with block­ing the Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jana.

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