‘Modi trying to woo UP voters by celebrating Dussehra in Lucknow’

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Mumbai: After the Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Dussehra festival in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow, The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) allied Shiv Sena today said that the reason behind the Vijayadashami celebration of the BJP is to woo voters in the name of Ram temple for the upcoming state assembly elections in 2017.

Shiv Sena today mentioned that Modi’s Dussehra rally in Lucknow recently was an attempt by BJP to unite votes in the name of Ram temple for the forthcoming Assembly elections.

The ruling alliance partner at the same time sought to know what prevents BJP from making use of its absolute majority in the Lok Sabha to start construction of the temple in Ayodhya instead of just engaging in sloganeering on the issue.

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said, “The Prime Minister twice said the slogan of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ while speaking in Lucknow and thereby sounded the poll bugle for the state. What impact this sloganeering is going to have will be seen in the near future. But, the fact is that the UP polls are a matter of life and death for BJP.”

It said Modi’s act of performing ‘Ganga aarti’ (in Varanasi) soon after becoming the PM led to enthusiasm among party workers and believers of Hindutva. It was also significant that he was the first PM to do so.

The mouthpiece said, “The whole idea behind celebrating Dussehra in Lucknow and raising the slogan of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ was to garner votes in the name of constructing a Ram temple in the upcoming UP polls.”