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Naqvi invokes Ram in Bokaro

Bokaro, April 19: Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today raked up the Ayodhya Ram Temple issue, questioned the relevance of the Article 370, even as he urged people to vote his party to power at the Centre to free the country from all evils.

Interacting with mediapersons, Naqvi, who was in Bokaro to campaign for party’s Dhanbad candidate P.N. Singh, admitted that the BJP was still in favour of construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. “However, the party will abide by the Supreme Court’s orders in this matter,” he quickly added to avoid repercussions.

The apex court has imposed a status quo on the site.

Speaking about the Article 370 of Constitution, Naqvi said provisions of the article did not help change the condition of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“I do not know why this article is still there and what is its use in the present scenario,” said the party’s vice-president, suggesting that the BJP might take up the issue if it led the next government at the Centre.

Speaking about the elections, Naqvi launched a blistering attack on the Congress, branding it as a party of corrupt politicians.

“The grand old party is counting its days. There is no good politician left in the party and its support base is fast depleting. Only a few leaders, who are living in a fool’s paradise, are claiming that the UPA will come back,” he said.

Ab achha aadmi kahan rah gaya hai Congress mein aur yeh sabhi jante hain (There is hardly any good leader left in the Congress and everyone knows it),” he added.

Asked what was his prediction of results of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the senior BJP leader claimed the BJP-led NDA would bag over 350 seats and Narendra Modi would be the next Prime Minister.

“After assessing the polling trends across the country so far, I am 100 per cent sure (that BJP will win),” he said.

Further, Naqvi said Modi would win the Varanasi seat with a handsome margin, rubbishing suggestions that the BJP’s prime ministerial hopeful did not have support of all sections of the society.

Earlier in the day, Naqvi addressed a rally at Barmasia in Chandankyari block, seeking votes for P.N. Singh.

He urged the 1,500-strong audience to not waste their votes by supporting other parties. “Vote for the BJP candidate if you want a strong leader at the helm of affairs. The BJP will bring down prices of all commodities, generate employment and restore the country’s prestige,” he added.

Speaking from the same dais, former chief minister Arjun Munda termed JMM, JVM and Ajsu as “vote katwa parties”.

“These regional parties are nowhere in the fight. They will only eat into anti-Congress votes, which will ultimately help only the Congress. So don’t waste your votes,” Munda said.

Rai’s clarification

State BJP president Ravindra Rai today strongly condemned the statement of senior party leader Giriraj Singh, saying the party did not approve of the Bihar leader’s comment.

Addressing a rally in Godda yesterday, Singh suggested that those who were opposed to the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would have “no place in India” after the general elections.

Speaking to mediapersons in Bokaro steel city today, Rai said, “Being a hardcore supporter of Narendra Modi does not mean one can make such comments.”