SP creating hype around yatra for votebank politics: Uma Bharti

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New Delhi, Aug 26: Seeking an early resolution of the Ram temple issue, BJP Vice President Uma Bharti on Sunday said Samajwadi Party is creating a "hype" around the VHP yatra from Ayodhya for votebank politics.

"Some people are saying this yatra being taken out by VHP is for political purposes. If that is the case, then I would request the people and the media to stop discussing it. Samajwadi Party turns everything into votebank politics. They did this even in the Durga Shakti Nagpal case," she told reporters here.

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Bharti, who is an MLA from Charkhari in Uttar Pradesh, alleged that the Samajwadi Party government in the state has created a "hype" around the yatra by saying it will not allow VHP to proceed with it.

Asked about allegations of match-fixing between SP and BJP on the issue, Bharti said, "This is actually a match- fixing between the Congress-led Centre and the Samajwadi Party with CBI working as bookie."

She said in the case of SDM Nagpal, who was suspended recently, the Samajwadi Party government had tried to appease the Muslims by saying she had ordered demolition of the wall of a mosque but this was not true.

"They (SP) did this to tell the Muslims that they are doing all this for them. Ultimately people from the minority community themselves said it was not a mosque wall," she said.

Defending the VHP yatra, she said, "The saints have a special privilege" and they should be allowed to carry out the 84 Kosi Parikrama. She said VHP leader Ashok Singhal has announced there should be no violence. Bharti said if asked she will join the yatra.

"For Ram temple, I am ready to fight against anybody, be it the Samajwadi Party or the Akhilesh Yadav government. I can sacrifice my life for the Ayodhya movement," she said. The BJP leader called for an early solution, preferably an out of court settlement, of the Ram temple issue.

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