Jaunpur (UP): With Lok Sabha elections around the corner, the BJP on Friday made it clear it was keeping the Ram temple issue alive. Addressing a public rally in Jaunpur, party President Amit Shah said, “Bharatiya Janata Party maanti hai ki Ayodhya mein usi sthan par jald se jald bhavya Ram Mandir bane ye BJP ka sankalp hai, isse hamein koi digaa nahi sakta (BJP is set on the construction of Ram Temple at the same spot. It is our resolve to build a grand temple there and nothing can move us).”

Commenting on all the Opposition parties coming together for the Lok Sabha elections, Shah sought to show them as ineffective in comparison to the BJP. He said, “Deve Gowda ji Lucknow aayenge, koi farak padega kya? Mamata didi Kashi aayegi, koi farak padega? Chandrababu Mirzapur aayenge, koi farak padega? Stalin Jaunpur mein sabha karenge, koi farak padega? Sare logon ko BJP apne apne rajye mein chunav haraakar 2014 mein satah par aai hai. (It won’t mean a thing if Deve Gowda ji visits Lucknow. Likewise, Mamata Banerjee rallying in Kashi or Chandrababu (Naidu) in Mirzapur or (MK) Stalin in Jaunpur won’t be of any consequence. The BJP emerged victorious in 2014 after defeating all these people on their home turf).”

Just a couple of days ago, addressing a similar rally in Aligarh, Shah reiterated his party’s commitment towards the Ram temple and gone on to ask the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress to make their stand clear on the politically-sensitive issue.

“The BJP’s stand is clear that Ram Temple will be built in that very place in Ayodhya. The SP, the BSP and the Congress should clear their agenda, whether they want the construction of Ram Mandir or not,” he said while addressing a meeting of BJP booth workers in Aligarh.

The party has been quite vocal on the issue ever since the Narendra Modi government moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to return the “non-disputed” surplus land acquired around the disputed structure in Ayodhya to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.