Yogi kicks off civic poll campaign from Ayodhya, talks Ram
DIVINE START Blames opposition parties for blocking development in Ayodhya, welcomes upcoming meet with Art of Living founder
Launching the ruling BJP’s civic poll campaign from Ayodhya, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday that 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 kickstart 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,” Yogi 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 is ‘central to everything’. “In India, nothing can be undertaken or accomplised 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 has offered to mediate in the Ayodhya Ram temple matter through out-of-court talks, is scheduled to meet the chief minister and stakeholders
in the Babri Masjid dispute on Thursday.
Welcoming the spiritual leader’s proposed visit to Ayodhya, he said he looks forward to open talks with stakeholders in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid 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,” Adityanth told a news agency.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a civic poll campaign rally in Faizabad on Tuesday.