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Ram temple ceremony: another core BJP promise fulfilled under Modi

Aug 04, 2020 22:19 IST

For the ruling BJP which was once forced to keep the "contentious" Ram temple issue aside to woo allies, the beginning of construction of a temple in Ayodhya is an ideological victory over its rivals with even many opposition leaders welcoming the development. Incidentally, the ground-breaking ceremony by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be conducted on Wednesday which coincides with the first anniversary of the annulment of Article 370, another key ideological plank for the saffron party. It is only fitting, that Prime Minister Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be the main political presence at the ground-breaking event, as both are known for their uncompromising commitment to the Hindutva cause. Keen to shun the tag of political "untouchable", the BJP under Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani was forced to put the issue along with Article 370 and the Uniform Civil Code on the backburner to make new allies. The BJP has been steadfast in its commitment to its core causes after Modi took charge of the party and brought it to power in 2014. This was the first time that the BJP won a majority in the 543-member Lok Sabha, making it immune to political pressures that its earlier government under Vajpayee often felt.