Ayodhya (UP), Dec 31 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday asked people here to seek an answer from Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav for the firing on “kar sewaks” during his party's government in the past and asked why Lord Ram had to "stay in a tent" for years.
He was referring to the makeshift temple on the site, which was disputed in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case.
Addressing a rally during BJP's Jan Vishwas Yatra, he alleged the SP, BSP and the Congress governments made efforts to stop the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
"Do you remember that ‘kar sewaks' were shot in Ayodhya and bodies were thrown into the Saryu," he said referring to a 1990 incident during the SP regime while addressing a rally at Government Inter College in Faizabad.
He alleged that under the SP and BSP rule, "symbols of faith were not respected".
Today, PM Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are working for the glory of every faith, he said.
"When Akhileshji comes here, seeking votes in Ayodhya, ask him what was the crime of the kar sewaks? why did your government open fire on them? what is your objection to the removal of Article 370," he said.
"Akhilesh Babu, if your second generation also comes, neither Article 370 is going to come back nor the triple talaq," Amit Shah said.
He said the SP, BSP, the Congress and TMC chief Mamta Banerjee worked together to oppose the scrapping Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370.
On August 5, 2019, Modiji uprooted Article 370 in Parliament," he said.
He also credited PM Modi with the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
On the other hand, "Whenever the SP, BSP and the Congress were in power, they made efforts to stop this. Don't you remember that the kar sewaks were fired upon, sticks were used on Ram's sewaks, Ram sewaks were killed and thrown into the mother Saryu."
"I want to tell all those who wanted to stop it, if you can, try and stop it because no one has the power to stop it. A grand temple will come up in a few months at the place where Lord Shri Ram was born, " he said.
He also asked Why Ramlala had to "stay in a tent" for years.
"It is time for the people of Ayodhya, citizens of the country and people of UP to think why Ramlalla had to live in a tent for so many years," he said.
Referring to the raids conducted by the Income Tax department on the house of a perfume trader in Kanpur, Shah said bundles of notes were seized and the stench of the Samajwadi perfume has spread all over UP.