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“There is a govt of Ram bhakts in Delhi”

There is a “government of Ram bhakts” at the Centre and it’s only because the people chanted Jai Shri Ram, said Union minister Nitin Gadkari.  Addressing a public meeting on 20 January this year in Faizabad, close to where Ayodhya is located, Gadkari said, “There is government of Ram bhakts in Delhi. It has come to power because of those who chant the slogan of Jai Shri Ram.”

The senior BJP leader and Union minister for road transport and highways said that the wishes of Ram bhakts or followers of Ram will be fulfilled soon, hinting at the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Interestingly, similar statements from VHP and other seers associated with the BJP had invited criticism from their rival camps. It was for the first time that a senior Union minister made such a statement even though it seems that his party has, for now at least, distanced itself from the Ram temple movement.

Gadkari blamed UP government for the lack of development in Ayodhya and in the state as well. “Nobody took care of Ayodhya. Uttar Pradesh lagged behind because of caste politics here,” he alleged. The Union minister was in Faizabad to lay the foundation stone of several road projects. At the event, he declared that Ayodhya-Chitrakoot road would be upgraded as a national highway for the comfort of pilgrims.
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2015 on page no. 1

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