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'Polarisation of Hindus will forge BJP to power'
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | March 29, 2007 19:19 IST
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh proclaimed on Thursday that Hindus would polarise in favour of the party in India's most populous state, shortly going to poll.
"Hindus will vote for the BJP, and take the party ahead to form the next government in the state," the national vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party told media persons in Lucknow.
Asked what gave him the impression that Hindus will not prefer to vote for other political parties, he said, "Well, they have clearly seen that all other political parties, including Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress and the ruling Samajwadi Party, were blatantly indulging in Muslim appeasement."
Describing BJP as a "Hinduvaadi" (Hindu oriented) party, he said, "No party other than BJP has cared to do anything for the larger good of the Hindu community."
When his attention was drawn to party rebel parliamentarian Yogi Adityanath's belligerent declaration that he would spell BJP's doom in areas of his influence in Eastern UP, Singh shot back, "I do not think that he would succeed in his mission."
"I wish realization dawns on him that splitting of the Hindu vote will only benefit political parties, whose leaders were only busy sacrificing the interests of Hindus to appease Muslims," he said.
Citing the case of yet another rebel Uma Bharti, when a scribe sought to know whether Adityanath's exit was any reflection of general disillusionment of the saffron-clad sadhus with BJP, Kalyan Singh retorted, "Since Uma Bharti had left BJP to form her own party, I would not like to make any comment on that."
Kalyan Singh also flatly ruled out any possibility of a post-poll alliance with any political party in the state.
Earlier, the two time former UP chief minister enumerated his party's priorities as 'providing terror-free, starvation free and corruption free governance to the state.'Even though the much debated Ayodhya temple did not figure on the party poll agenda, Kalyan Singh claimed, "We have kept the temple out as we do not intend to use the temple plank as a tool in the politics of vote."
However, in the same vein, he emphasised, "But I can assure you that since that issue is extremely close to the hearts of millions of Hindus, we are committed to building a grand temple at Ayodhya."