Ayodhya: Senior BJP leader and its member in the Rajya Sabha Vinay Katiyar on Monday while asserting that construction of Ram temple is more important than bringing development and providing education said "no progress is of any use until a temple for the Hindu deity is built in Ayodhya".
Katiyar who was in Ayodhya to cast his vote said that the people of Ayodhya want Ram temple and assured that it will be constructed.
"Development has been done in the region, employment, education has also been provided, but without Ram Mandir everything is useless. The people of Ayodhya want Ram Mandir and it will be constructed," Katiyar said after casting his vote from here, according to ANI.
Katiyar also backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'crematory-graveyard' remark and said that the latter was just talking in favours of both and there is nothing wrong in it.
Election process in underway in Uttar Pradesh and today millions voted in the 5th phase of the seven-phase state election. An estimated 57.36 per cent of 1.81 crore electorate today cast their votes today with Amethi and Faizabad assembly seats remaining the centre of attention.
The districts that went to polls in the 5th phase are Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Basti, Siddharth Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi and Sultanpur.
Ayodhya Assembly seat, which falls in Faizabad district, used to be a traditional stronghold of BJP since the Ram Temple movement days. But it was snatched by SP in 2012. This time the saffron party is trying to wrest it back.
The BJP is desperate as a win here can give it the needed number in the Rajya Sabha.
The BJP started the Uttar Pradesh poll campaign initially with the development agenda. But slowly its leaders, including Prime Minister Modi and party chief Amit Shah, started making statements which gave indications that the BJP is back to its traditional politics.