New Delhi: Dismissing former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s stance that the Army needs to be deployed in Ayodhya to maintain law and order, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh on Sunday asserted that Centre is making all efforts to keep the situation under control. Also Read - Despite Coronavirus Threat, UP to Hold Ram Navami Mela in Ayodhya; 10 Lakhs Pilgrims Expected
“I don’t think there is any need for the deployment of Army in Uttar Pradesh as there is enough law and order machinery available there. And I am sure that the government that of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), unlike other parties, will ensure that law and order is maintained,” Singh stated, in an exclusive interview to news agency ANI. Also Read - Akhilesh Expresses Confidence, Says ‘Palm Reader Predicted That SP Will Form Govt in 2022 UP Assembly Polls'
Contrary to Singh, Uttar Pradesh Minister OP Rajbhar on Saturday supported Akhilesh Yadav’s suggestion that the Supreme Court should take note of the situation in Ayodhya and Army should be deployed to take control of the matter, if necessary. Also Read - 'Will Offer Rs 1 Crore For Building Ram Temple,' Says Uddhav Thackeray in Ayodhya
“Despite the imposition of Section 144 in the state that prohibits gathering of five or more persons at one place, “administration has allowed people to gather in Ayodhya, which clearly indicates the failure of the government. The Chief Minister is interested in election campaigning when Section 144 is imposed in Faizabad (Ayodhya). The kind of crowd that has gathered there… its responsibility will lie with the Chief Minister,” the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) leader had said, referring to the mass gathering in Ayodhya.
On Friday, Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party chief had urged the Supreme Court to deploy Army in Ayodhya, if needed, to keep the situation under control. “The BJP does not believe in either the Supreme Court or the Constitution. The BJP can go to any extent. The kind of environment there is in Uttar Pradesh, especially in Ayodhya, the Supreme Court should take notice of it and bring Army, if necessary,” Yadav had said.