Parties wary of Ayodhya verdict

BJP worried over ensuing Bihar polls

More than the fact that the judgment by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court could open up some old wounds, the BJP is actually worried over its impact on Bihar elections which is starting on October 21.

The case is causing some concern for the Congress too, which prefers to wait for the outcome until after the Commonwealth Games and festivities like Dasara, Deepavali and the December 6 commemoration of the Babri Masjid demolition.

“The UPA and the main opposition have spoken to each other and agreed that the political response to the verdict should be very restraint at all levels,” sources in the government told Deccan Herald. With events of the December 6 demolition not too old a memory, parties are indeed fearful of the violence that may potentially follow the verdict.
“ I am keeping myself away from the issue. The Party itself is not passionately  hooked to the idea.”, commented  a firebrand young BJP Hindutva mascot who refused to be named.

Leaders like BJP’s Vinajy Katiyar, a former President of the right-wing Bajrang Dal, who were once passionate about building the temple, offered no more comments than merely hoping that the verdict would be in favour of building the temple.  Even as the Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh (RSS) and one of it’s outfits Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) would like to see the verdict delivered, the BJP fears that it would play into the hands of its political rivals the RJD and the LJS in Bihar.

The saffron party, of course, still has the outstanding issue with its secular alliance partner, the JD(U), over the participation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a campaigner in the state. Modi’s Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar wants no part of him in the campaign stage.

Given the precarious political situation, both the BJP and the Congress have issued unofficial whips to its leaders not to make undue remarks on the issue.

People want early disposal of case

The stay on the pronouncement of the Ayodhya title suits verdict might have brought a respite to the law enforcing agencies, but for the people in Ayodhya, it has only prolonged their woes, PTI reports from Ayodhya. Despite the stay for a week, there had been no let up in the security arrangements and the personnel continue to maintain vigil. For a city whose economy thrives on the inflow of devotees, the scare around the verdict has meant lesser influx of people. 

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