Union Home Minister Amit Shah commemorated the death anniversary of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh by emphasizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pivotal role in realizing the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Speaking at the Hindu Gaurav Diwas event held at Numaish Maidan in Aligarh, Shah attributed the realization of Kalyan Singh’s dream to the efforts of PM Modi, while also criticizing the Congress for prolonging the contentious issue.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was present at the event and expressed confidence that Kalyan Singh would be gratified by the completion of the Ram Mandir. Adityanath projected the temple’s completion in the first quarter of 2024 and underscored his government’s commitment to fulfilling Kalyan Singh’s aspirations.
Addressing the attendees, Shah called upon supporters of Kalyan Singh to ensure a sweeping victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, asserting that this would be a true tribute to the late leader.
Shah commended Prime Minister Modi for successfully navigating the complex issue of the Ram Mandir without resorting to violence. He contrasted this with what he claimed was the Congress’ role in extending the issue’s resolution.
“The Congress exerted significant effort to prolong the Ram Mandir matter, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully materialized the Ram Mandir without resorting to violence. The foundation laid by Babuji (Kalyan Singh) has been effectively molded into reality by Modi,” remarked Shah.
In response to Shah’s remarks, Congress leader Amit Singh dismissed the allegations made by the BJP, stating that it was the BJP leaders who had stoked tensions through the Janmabhoomi movement.
“The BJP leadership itself escalated tensions under the pretext of the Janmabhoomi movement. The BJP has a tendency to make unfounded accusations.”
Recalling his interactions with Kalyan Singh, Shah shared that he had informed the former chief minister about the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Ram Temple. Kalyan Singh, he said, had expressed that this was the realization of his most cherished dream.
Kalyan Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh during the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992, had subsequently lost his position. However, he had adamantly stated that he would willingly relinquish his post multiple times for the cause of the Ram temple.
“Following the court’s favorable ruling in support of the temple, PM Modi is actively carrying forward the incomplete mission initiated by Babuji,” said Shah.
“Kalyan Singh dedicated his efforts to the betterment of the underprivileged and the upliftment of marginalized communities. He even relinquished his position as chief minister and abstained from using force against the impassioned kar sewaks in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. Instead, he willingly stepped down from his role as chief minister in service of the cause,” Shah said.
Chief Minister Adityanath said that Kalyan Singh’s legacy would be immortalized through the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“Babuji’s satisfaction would undoubtedly be assured upon the completion of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, anticipated to be accessible to the public in the initial months of 2024. The collaborative efforts of the dual-powered government in Uttar Pradesh are dedicated to realizing his aspirations,” he said.
The event also featured addresses by Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak, State BJP President Bhupendra Chaudhary, and Union Minister Piyush Goyal.