” Ram Mandir ka nirman agar koi karega to wo hum hi karenge…koi doosra nahi karega (Only we can construct the Ram temple. No one else),” Yogi told a gathering of cadres of BJP and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). His speech was met with applause and chants of ” Vote usiko jayega jo mandir banwayega (People will vote only for those who build the temple)” from the gathering.
In an apparent swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Yogi said there are “some who are misguiding people by showing their ‘ janeu’ (sacred thread) and telling their ‘ gotra’.”
Yogi’s statement on the temple issue comes less than a fortnight after Congress wrested Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh from BJP where Yogi was pitched as a star campaigner by his party.
Meanwhile, Yogi also announced that Akshay Vat and Saraswati Koop – two sites in Qila in Allahabad on the banks of Sangam – which have been out of bounds for devotees and pilgrims since they are inside the fort constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar 400 years ago, will become accessible to all from Kumbh.
“They will remain open not only during Kumbh but even after the event gets over in March next year on a daily basis,” the CM said, announcing that statues of Rishi Bhardwaj and Saraswati would also be installed at the two sites.
“This Kumbh will be a symbol of humanity and social harmony,” he said.
” Prayagraj ka itihaas hazaron hazaron varshon ka hai (Praygraj history spans over thousands of years). The forthcoming Kumbh in Prayagraj does not discriminate between people,” said Yogi, adding that the mega religio-cultural event was also a symbol of social harmony.
Only BJP can get mandir constructed, says Yogi – Times of India