Ay­o­d­hya coins slo­gan to ex­hort Yogi to work for Ram tem­ple

Peo­ple in Ay­o­d­hya be­lieve the CM will play key role in con­struc­tion of grand shrine

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - Pawan Dixit pawan.dixit@htlive.com

FAIZABAD: Af­ter the BJP stormed to power in Ut­tar Pradesh in March this year, Ay­o­d­hya has once again be­come the cen­tre of pol­i­tics in the Hindi heart­land.

As the call for tem­ple con­struc­tion is grow­ing louder, youths of the tem­ple town have coined a slo­gan for chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath – ‘Yogiji ek kaam karo, mandir ka nir­man karo’.

The slo­gan has be­come quite pop­u­lar in Ay­o­d­hya and peo­ple be­lieve that the CM would play a ma­jor role in the con­struc­tion of Ram Tem­ple.

Adityanath’s love for Ay­o­d­hya is well known. In the last seven months, he has vis­ited Ay­o­d­hya Faizabad for the fifth time.

Awad­hesh Sagar, 22, came all the way from ad­join­ing Ru­dauli tehsil to lis­ten to the CM’s ad­dress.

Fer­vently rais­ing the slo­gan with other youths at the Gov­ern­ment In­ter Col­lege, Sagar was op­ti­mistic that Yogi would pave way for the con­struc­tion of Ram Tem­ple. “If Ram Tem­ple is not con­structed at his birth­place in Ay­o­d­hya, where else it will be con­structed? We are hope­ful that Yogiji will do some­thing,” said Sagar.

He said he was aware that Ay­o­d­hya case was pend­ing in the Supreme Court but added that he was sure the CM would work for tem­ple con­struc­tion.

Serv­ing tea to his cus­tomers at his stall at Ram Ki Paidi in Ay­o­d­hya, 55-year-old Ram Surat said Yogi’s con­cern for Ay­o­d­hya was ev­i­dent. “The slo­gan is very pop­u­lar here. Peo­ple shout this slo­gan when­ever the CM ar­rives here,” he said. “All pre­vi­ous chief min­is­ters ne­glected Ay­o­d­hya all these years. Be it Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav, Akhilesh Ya­dav or Mayawati, none of them vis­ited Ay­o­d­hya when they were chief min­is­ter,” said Ram Surat.

Sip­ping tea, Ramesh Sahu, 38, said Ay­o­d­hya was ne­glected all these years as for­mer CMs feared that they would lose Mus­lim votes. “Yogi has al­ready an­nounced Rs 133 crore pack­age for Ay­o­d­hya. I am hope­ful that tem­ple con­struc­tion will start dur­ing his ten­ure,” Sahu said.

DEEPAK GUPTA./HT

Chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath at an elec­tion meet­ing in Faizabad.

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