Gujarat CM says Ram Temple on party’s agenda

Ahmedabad, Jan 25 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday asserted that construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya was on the agenda of the BJP, a day after the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya spoke of the temple but retracted later.

“Ayodhya mein Ram (Ram in Ayodhya), Yuvano ko kaam (work for youth), Kisano ko sahi dam (right price to farmers), mehengai pe lagam (control on prices), hataa do brashtachari badnam (remove corrupt). This is the way the government is moving forward,” said Rupani.

Addressing a rally of farmers in Karamsad town near Anand in central Gujarat, he stressed that Ram Temple in Ayodhya and other things were on “motto of the party”.

Rupani was here in connection with the state’s Republic Day celebrations which will be held in the country’s milk capital Anand, continuing the tradition of holding the R-day function at different district headquarters started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was Chief Minister.

Maurya had on Tuesday said “a grand temple will be built in Ayodhya” if his party came to power. He retracted later.

Rupani also said that it was his government which has worked the most for the welfare of farmers and provided them the right price for their produce.

He said his government was also working for youth in the state and would provide 67,000 government jobs this year. “Of these, we have already employed 30,000 youths,” Rupani added. He dedicated over Rs 100 crore public works for the Kheda district where Karamsad is located.