Nirmala Sitharaman, the Defence minister on Sunday said that the people have high standards of expectations from BJP, including on issues like Ram temple and asked them to have faith in the government, which had taken steps on the matter.
Sitharaman asked party workers and sympathizers not to complain about this account as genuine work was happening in India, which was at the crossroads and the country could not afford to lose the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing a gathering at an interactive event, organised by the Thinkers Forum, she referred to issues like Ram temple and asked the people not to punish BJP for not building it. “Your high standards of expectations should not be used for this election, like saying no, no, you didn’t build the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Because the temple couldn’t be built, don’t punish us. I am giving this example because it is very close to my heart.”
Sitharaman asked the voters to note the approach of the government, which had moved the Supreme Court to allot the excess land. “See the approach of the government. We have gone to the Supreme Court to say give us the excess land. There are issues, have faith in the government. Have faith.”
The central government had, on January 29, moved the apex court, seeking its nod to return the 67-acre undisputed acquired land around the disputed site to original owners.
The 0.313-acre plot, on which the disputed structure stood before it was demolished by ‘kar sevaks’ on December 6, 1992, was within the 2.77-acre disputed premises, the plea filed by the BJP-led NDA government had said.