Debating India

Vajpayee seeks time to build Ram temple

Sunday 8 February 2004

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, on Saturday, sought another term for his government to complete the unfinished tasks which included the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.


Vajpayee, who kicked off his party’s election campaign on Saturday from the banks of Saryu river in Faizabad, said that the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya was one of the unfinished tasks of his government and he now needed more time to remove the obstacles that lay in the path of Ram temple construction.

Settlement of the Ayodhya issue through the court is a long and arduous path and no one knows when and where it will end. The issue could be resolved through mutual understanding, cooperation and harmony, he said.

Addressing a rally in Faizabad after inaugurating a rail link between Katra in Gonda district and Ayodhya and a bridge on Saryu River, Vajpayee launched an offensive against the Congress.

The Congress cannot fulfill the needs of the times. They had been in power for 50 years but they did nothing to make India self-reliant. In a little more than five years, we have changed the picture of the nation. Earlier, people from our country used to go abroad for treatment but now foreigners are coming to India for treatment.”

Continuing his attack on the Congress, Vajpayee said, “I pity the Congress. Uski halat kharab hai. Their leaders say we have failed on every front. I am not averse to opposition but opposition should not force one to lie. Gandhi once ridiculed me in Parliament and said that I see Mungeri Lal ke haseen sapne. I agree, we do dream. But we also know how to realise our dreams.”

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Deccan Chronicle, Sunday, February 8, 2004.

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