Amit Shah Brings Ram Mandir Back On BJP’s Agenda

BJP chief Amit Shah today dismissed allegations of the BJP having engineered defections in rival parties.

Published31 Jul 2017, 03:29 PM IST
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BJP chief Amit Shah today dismissed allegations of the party having engineered defections in rival parties, claiming a misinformation campaign was being carried out as those who had joined the party had done so during elections.

Talking to reporters on the last day of his three-day visit, he said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had resigned as he did not want to put up with corruption.

Shah also said he does not have information about the three MLCs (two from SP and one from BSP) who had resigned from the UP Legislative Council.

"Whosoever came to the BJP from other political parties, had done so during elections. But, a misinformation campaign was carried out," he said about allegations that the party had triggered defections in other parties.

“All the politicians from other parties, who had joined the BJP, were presented before the people of the state to seek their mandate. We did not misuse the government machinery for triggering defection," he said.

"In Bihar, we did not break any party. Nitish Kumar had tendered his resignation as he had decided that he will not put up with corruption," he said.

On the possibility of senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav joining the party, he said, "There are no such plans." The BJP chief, while answering a question on eyeing the Yadavs – the traditional vote bank of the SP – and having lunch at the house of party worker, Shah said, "There is no need to derive more political meaning from this. Dalits are also BJP workers, and Sonu Yadav is also a BJP worker."

Yesterday, Shah along with Adityanath and both the deputy chief ministers had visited Yadav's house for lunch. He had also had lunch at the house of a Dalit family during his visit to Rajasthan.

On the speculations of UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya being sent to the Centre, Shah said, "Maurya will work full-time for the Uttar Pradesh government, as soon as the new UP BJP chief is decided."

He also praised the Yogi Adityanath-led government, saying it was doing a good job in the state.

On the question of the BJP's commitment to construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Shah said, "We will construct Ram temple as per the provisions of law or through mutual talks."

(With Inputs from PTI)

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