Build Ram temple in Ayodhya, Congress’ Waghela tells Modi

Written by | May 21, 2014 | 0

Leader of the Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly, Shankarsinh Waghela today asked PM-elect Narendra Modi to build a Ram temple at Ayodhya within the constitutional framework now that the BJP has got an absolute majority, in a statement that could embarrass the Congress.

“When (Lal Krishna) Advani ji took out the Rath Yatra, BJP was at the climax (sic) in terms of votes but (Atal Behari) Vaypayee had to make compromises because of NDA.

“Now, BJP has a majority on its own. If NDA comes along, it is good. If not, build a Ram temple in Ayodhya within the Constitutional framework,” Waghela said at a special session of the Legislative Assembly called to bid farewell to Modi, whose tenure as Chief Minister ended today after ruling Gujarat for 12 years.

Waghela, who had roots in the RSS and BJP, also spoke of BJP’s promise of enforcing a Uniform Civil Code and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits to the Kashmir valley.

Waghela had parted ways with BJP in 1996 to form his Rashtriya Janata Party and became Chief Minister before joining the Congress.

While touching upon the contentious issues, in his sarcasm-laced speech, Waghela also referred to Godhra, a sore point in Modi’s otherwise remarkable political career, where the burning of Karsevaks in Sabarmati Express train triggered communal carnage in Gujarat in 2002.

“Godhra has played important role in the lives of two people from Gujarat who became Prime Ministers of India. Morarji Desai was deputy collector of Godhra when riots broke out in 1969 and he was accused of bias (in handling it). After that he left the job and joined politics and later became prime minister,” Waghela said.

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