New Delhi: Stressing emphasis on elections held till date, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that there is no use predicting the results for elections held in five states (Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram).
Tens of thousands of people gathered for the rally days before Parliament’s winter session commences on December 15. The VHP had last month organised a two-day show of strength in Ayodhya as part of its campaign to build the temple.
The calls for the ordinance grew after the Supreme Court declined an early hearing into the Ayodhya land title dispute last month. Hindu groups have been asking the government to settle the dispute before the national elections due next year in the temple’s favour without waiting for the court’s verdict.
Singh refused to accept the results of the elections in five states, which would be announced on Tuesday, as a semi-final before the national elections.
“There is no use predicting results for elections held in five states [Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram] because the results will be out on Tuesday. We are hopeful of good results and believe they would be in our favour.”
In Lucknow, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) or PSP-L chief Shivpal Yadav opposed the temple construction at the disputed site. “It may be built on the other side of the Saryu river in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court order must be respected,” he said while addressing a gathering of his newly-formed party.
He claimed his brother and former chief minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, had saved the Babri mosque in 1990.
“But now, this [Uttar Pradesh chief minister-led Yogi Adityanath] government allowed large crowds to gather in Ayodhya despite prohibitory orders. This warranted imposition of the President’s rule in the state,” said Shivpal Yadav, who quit Samajwadi Party (SP) this year after a protracted feud with and his nephew and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.