Lucknow: As poll bound Uttar Pradesh completes its third phase of polling and gears up for the remaining phases, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is hopeful of forming its government in the state, and to make this possible the party is once again banking upon its age-old Hindutva plank.

To counter the Congress Muslim sub-quota, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on the pretext of building a Mosque in Panchkosi
has asked the Muslim electorate to extend their support in constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Despite regulations imposed by the Election Commission of India regarding any statement on the Ram temple, Gadkari raked up the Ayodhya issue while addressing an election campaign in Sagvara, Chitrakoot.

He said, “The verdict pronounced by the court clearly indicates that the place where Ramlala is seated is his actual birthplace. Therefore, Muslims should come forward in support of this. The party promises to construct Mosque outside Panchkosi.”

Defending party’s decision to induct BSP’s tainted former UP Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, Gadkari said, “The party has got stronghold in Bundelkhand owing to his presence.”
Though Gadkari did not predict the exact number of seats that the BJP would win but asserted that the party is very much in the race.

Taking a dig at the SP, BSP and the Congress, the BJP President held them responsible for the poor socio-economic condition of the state. He also took potshots at the Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.