Yogi kicks off civic poll cam­paign from Ay­o­d­hya, talks Ram

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Pawan Dixit & Agen­cies pawan.dixit@htlive.com

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.

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