The 5,000-disciplined army of BJP and its frontal organisations are raising the Ram Mandir issue. Panna Pramukhs, each of whom has the target of connecting with 60 voters, are silently taking the slogan to the electorate that “a vote for the lotus symbol is equivalent to contributing a brick in the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.”
BJP claims the response has been good from the people as a majority of them have been raising hands when asked by Panna Pramukhs how many of them had contributed money during the public donation collection done by Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust for construction of Ram Mandir and offering them another opportunity to add to their good deeds. “TRS is depending on money to win the election. BJP’s slogan is to meet every voter at least once. It is up to the voters to decide whether they want to do ‘punyam’ (good deeds, good karma) by voting for BJP which is constructing the Ram Mandir or account for ‘paapam’ (sin) by voting against lotus,” BJP’s Huzurabad in-charge and former MP AP Jithender Reddy told TOI.
Backward classes welfare minister Gangula Kamalakar, who is leading TRS charge in Huzurabad, said BJP has always tried to polarise voters on religious lines. “The issue of Ram Mandir is not new as BJP tried to use it in earlier elections too. But people of Telangana have been voting for development and welfare schemes of TRS government and K Chandrasekhar Rao’s promise of transforming the state into Bangaru Telangana,” he said. However, the minister hastened to add that they would soon come out with a counter strategy against the saffron party’s Hindutva card.
Another senior TRS leader said people know that the KCR government has been spending on temples, including Yadagirigutta, enhanced the honorarium of archakas, muessins and imams. It has given land for cemeteries to the Christian community in and around Greater Hyderabad, in tune with its secular ideology, he added.