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Indian minister Kushwaha says BJP using Ram temple issue for electoral gains

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PATNA: Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha today made it clear he was now ready for a full-scale war with his two allies, the BJP and the JD-U headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar.

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What surprised everyone was his no-holds-barred attacks on the BJP, first time after joining the NDA in the past four years.

He alleged the BJP was using the Ram temple issue for sheer political gains and said the construction of temple was not the duty of any political party.

“Mandir-masjid banane ka kam rajnitik dalon ka nahin hai (It’s not the duty of the political party to construct temples or mosques),” Kushwaha told his party meeting at Valmikinagar in West Champaran on Thursday.

He said the BJP was trying to rake the temple issue just for political gains. “Or why would a party rake up this emotive issue only during election time?” he wondered.

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He said he was not opposed to temple construction but “uska tarika samvaidhanik hona chahiye” (that should be done under legal way)”.

Looking hurt over the move by the BJP chief Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi not to give him appointment despite his repeated bids, he declared a war on the BJP-JD-U alliance.

Kushwaha is angry at the BJP-JD-U for distributing equal number of seats between them and leaving just two to contest for his party.

Mounting attacks further, Kushwaha alleged the BJP leadership has bowed down before Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

“BJP ne Nitish Kumar ke samne ghutane tek diya hai (The BJP has surrendered before Nitish Kumar),” he alleged.

The overall developments indicate the NDA is on the verge of another split in Bihar as the Kushwaha seems lokking for opportune time to pull time of the NDA.

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