Yogi slams Cong over Ram tem­ple

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LORMI: Raking up the Ram tem­ple is­sue, Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath on Satur­day sought to know whether Congress was con­cerned about Lord Ram or Mughal em­peror Babur.

Ad­dress­ing a poll rally in Ch­hat­tis­garh on the last day of cam­paign­ing for the first phase of the state polls, he al­leged that the Congress toyed with na­tional se­cu­rity and ac­tively and covertly sup­ported Mao­ism in Ch­hat­tis­garh and Jhark­hand for po­lit­i­cal gains. De­spite hav­ing ex­ten­sive mineral de­posits and for­est wealth, Ch­hat­tis­garh re­mained “poor, back­ward and a Bi­maru state” dur­ing the Congress rule, he said.

“To­day, the for­est wealth is be­ing used for the wel­fare of lo­cals. The trib­als and for­est dwellers are be­ing given ben­e­fits of de­vel­op­ment schemes,” the priest-turned-politi­cian­said.

“The Congress en­cour­aged Nax­al­ism for its gains, but when it be­came dan­ger­ous for the se­cu­rity of peo­ple, it was the BJP which had to deal with the is­sue sternly. Congress has been en­cour­ag­ing Nax­al­ism ac­tively and covertly,” he al­leged.

“The Congress should be asked if their re­la­tion is with Ram or with for­eign in­vader Babur. The Congress has no idea about the coun­try’s re­spect and ‘swab­hi­maan’ (self-re­spect). The Congress al­ways played with the na­tional se­cu­rity and is now com­ing in front of you for votes,” the Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter said. He said Ch­hat­tis­garh could only de­velop when the BJP gov­ern­ments at the Cen­tre and state worked to­gether.

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