In yet another controversial remark, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy today said that his party would unite the Hindu community in UP by resolving the Ram Temple issue and divide the minorities as much as possible to win the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.
Swamy pointed out that ‘development’ alone can’t win elections for a political party and that the BJP should pay back its opponents, who used to hatch conspiracies against it in the past, in the same coin this time.
"Development is necessary to win election in the nation but it is not everything. To win the elections, it is important to focus on our priority. The conspiracy played against us in the past was to divide the Hindus and unite the minorities. But this time we will do just the opposite, we will unite the Hindus and will divide the minorities as much as possible," Swamy said.
Substantiating his argument, Swamy pointed out that the pro-development initiatives of former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao besides Congress veteran Morarji Desai failed to win the elections for their parties despite all efforts.
Swamy added that it is important for the BJP to focus on three issues to win the upcoming Assembly elections - corruption, development and the Ram Temple.
Swamy further said that it is impossible that the Ram Temple issue will not attract eyeballs at a time when election is scheduled to take place in Uttar Pradesh.
Early in the day, Swamy had said that the BJP can’t run away from ‘Ram Temple’ issue as it was part of 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"The Ram Temple issue is a part of our manifesto in 2014, how can we run away from it. We have to deliver," Swamy said.