Ram Temple is not a political issue, was never BJP's political agenda: Rajnath Singh


BJP National President Rajnath Singh today said that Hindutva "was never the political agenda" of the BJP and that "Ram Temple was not an election issue, nor a political issue" for BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

Singh said BJP would go into 2014 polls with development agenda.

He today reached Amritsar to attend Punjab BJP executive committee meet to prepare for 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The two day meet began today.

Responding to media queries relating to BJP general secretary Amit Shah raking up the Ram Temple issue where he said he had prayed for the construction of grand Ram Temple soon during his visit to makeshift temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya on Saturday, Singh said, "Issue should not be unnecessarily politicized." He added that issues was a "national issue" sub judice and "we should wait for Supreme Court judgment on the issue".

He invoked a Supreme Court "definition" to state that Hindutva was a way of life. Singh said "religion cannot be made a political agenda." "Hindutva cannot be limited to any caste, sect or religion boundary," Singh said. He said as per information with him Shah had just expressed "his wish" for construction of grand Ram Temple. Singh said a Hindu would obviously want a temple, a Muslim a mosque, a Christian a church and a Sikh a gurdwara.

Singh said Shah had not tried to make it (Ram Temple) issue as political or election issue.

Singh said BJP was for the "eternal principle" where there should not be any discrimination with human beings.

Responding to a query, Singh said question of bickering in the NDA alliance partners did not arise on the issue, reiterating that Ram Temple was not a political issue. He was all praise for Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal when he said where leaders like Badal are there, that alliance remained united.

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