"We do not want to derive political mileage out of the issue and want to resolve the matter but we need time for this," Vajpayee said, appealing to all political parties to sit together and try to find ways to resolve the issue.
Vajpayee cited several other ongoing projects like linking of the rivers, laying of rail tracks and the vain attempt to get the Women's Reservation Bill passed in the Parliament because of lack of majority and urged the people to send his party back to power for the next five years.
"The election bugle has been sounded and we are here to request you (people) to give us another opportunity to serve you," Vajpayee said.
Listing his government's achievements, he said, "We have established political stability and a strong Centre, successfully faced natural calamities, won the Kargil war and governed the country unitedly."
Attacking the Congress, Vajpayee said the main opposition party failed to 'fulfil the need of the time'.
Commenting on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's reported remarks comparing his government's claim of achieving eight per cent growth rate with 'Mungeri Lal ke hasin sapne', he said, "I told her that we do dream but we also know how to fulfil those dreams."
Stating that he was running a coalition government as he did not have majority, he said now even the Congress was talking of coalition.
"They (Congress) are joining hands with those with whom they used to fight," Vajpayee said. The prime minister said he pitied the main opposition party's condition.
Referring to Sonia Gandhi's remarks that he was not 'Atal' (firm), he said she should also remember that he was also a 'Bihari' (wanderer).
"We too have been in the opposition for 50 years and opposed the government of Indira Gandhi but at the time of 1971 war we supported her though we had criticised her for signing the Shimla agreement without first resolving the Kashmir issue," he said.
Vajpayee said he wanted to make India a developed country by 2020. "Now people from abroad are coming to India for treatment. Earlier, we depended on foreign countries but now their economies are dependent upon us. But we do not want to take undue advantage of this situation," he said.
Referring to his peace initiatives with Pakistan, Vajpayee said he convinced the Pakistani leadership that there was no use wasting money and resources in fighting wars and instead this money should be spent for the welfare of the people of the two countries.
"I told them (Pakistan) that we have fought three wars and that they have been at the receiving end every time. They lost Bangladesh, we were able to take back Kargil and also safeguard our borders", he said.
Vajpayee, however, said his government did not neglect the country's defence and had made consistent efforts to modernise the armed forces. Talks were going on with China also to resolve the pending issues.
On Kashmir, Vajpayee said the state was comparatively peaceful barring some sporadic incident of violence. During his tenure, the government, he said, addressed itself to some basic issues facing the nation such as finding ways to control the menace of floods, drought, make available potable water, removing unemployment problem and raising the standard of people living below the poverty line.
"The Lok Sabha has been dissolved. If we had wanted, we could have remained (in power) for some more time. Time has come for the valuation of what the government did during these years," he said.
In his address, former chief minister Kalyan Singh, who recently returned to the BJP fold, asked people to take a resolve for the construction of the 'Rashtra temple and the Ram temple'.
Describing the opponents of the temple as "communal", he said both Hindus and Muslims should accept that "Ram was their ancestor".
The meeting was attended among others by senior state party leaders Vinay Katiyar, Lalji Tandon, Kalraj Mishra and
local MLA Laloo Singh.