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Constitution, courts will decide on Gyanvapi, Mathura issues: Nadda

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In its first official statement on Gyanvapi mosque issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said such issues will be decided by courts and in accordance with the Constitution. BJP president J P Nadda said, “We have always been talking about cultural development. But these issues are dealt with in accordance with the Constitution and the ruling of courts. So, the court and Constitution will decide on it and the BJP will follow it in letter and spirit.”

The BJP president was talking to reporters on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

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On being asked whether reclaiming temples at Kashi and Mathura were on the party’s agenda, Nadda said that after the passing of the resolution on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue in the party’s national executive in Palampur in 1989, “there has been no resolution,” after that.

‘Taking everyone along’

Nadda said the BJP is ready to take everyone along in building a strong nation, and rejected suggestions that a section of people feel alienated under the Modi government. “There are many types of people in a society. Some respond earlier, some later, some after decades and some respond after much time has passed. It depends on them. But our conduct is on the principle of a strong nation, one nation. This is clear and everyone will have an equal share,” Nadda, who was flanked by Union ministers Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Anurag Thakur, said.

He said that the Modi government functions on the principle of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayaas”.

On the Uttarakhand government forming a committee on formulating a Uniform Civil Code, Nadda said: “It is okay. They (Uttarakhand) are discussing it. As far as we are concerned, we have been saying that everyone must be treated equally. Our broad outline is justice to all, appeasement of none. This is our basic principle; we are working in accordance with it.”

‘Changing culture of India’

Asked about the challenges the government has faced in the eight years, Nadda said: “The culture of India has changed and we have brought in last-mile delivery in the governance process. The biggest challenge was to see that the policies were implemented in letter and spirit. Modi himself has taken care of this – for which he had to shake the system and that process has disturbed many.”

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According to Nadda, both the pandemic and the Ukraine war created problems, but the government managed to keep the growth rate intact, which also took care of the issue of unemployment.

The BJP released a theme song titled “Modi government architect of new India”, which highlights the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the Kashi Vishwanath corridor in Varanasi, and offers a glimpse of the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura. A new module of the NaMo App was also launched to “take the youth through innovation and make them aware of the works done by the government for them”.

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