The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday claimed it is the only political party in the country, which has "passed a political resolution" for building a Ram temple and stands by it "firmly", even as UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey maintained that the party will not make Ram temple an election issue in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Ahead of the November 25 Dharam Sabha scheduled to be held in Ayodhya, Pandey said that "There is no question of the BJP being behind the scene as far as November 25 Dharam Sabha is concerned, as the BJP is serving the people in the capacity of a ruling party. And, the BJP is the only political party in the country, which in its 1989 national executive meeting in Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) passed a political resolution supporting construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya."
"The BJP stands firmly by the resolution,"he said in an interview.
"For the BJP, it (Ram temple) is a matter of faith and devotion. The BJP is a strong advocate of construction of Ram temple as per the law. As far as the Dharam Sabha is concerned, the saffron party has respect for the sants and seer community," he said.
On rival political parties accusing the BJP of not declaring the date for construction of Ram temple and misleading the people, Pandey said, "Those political parties who talk such things, are actually victims of false virtue. The country had seen how those parties had opposed the OBC Bill and the bill banning instant triple talaq in Parliament. In fact, they are the ones who have shown dual face."
On whether Ram temple will be an issue in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections (for the party), the UP BJP chief said, "In 2019, our party will not make Ram temple an election issue. Even if our 1991 election manifesto is seen, we had contested the elections on the issue of public welfare and development. Construction of Ram temple is a matter of faith and devotion."
"We will contest elections on 'sabka saath, sabka vikaas' and 'saaf niyat, sahi vikas', and the feedback we are getting shows that the victory will be bigger than 2014 Lok Sabha elections," he said.
Pandey said, "In 2014, people of India knew that Modi was stopped from doing work in Gujarat and it decided to make that person from Gujarat the leader of India. Today, the public can see that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working for them, but some people for their own vested interests and corruption are stopping him".
"However, the public will not allow anyone to stop Modi, it will vote in large numbers, and the results will be better than 2014 Lok Sabha polls as far as the BJP is concerned," he said.
( With inputs from PTI )