Yeh (Ayodhya) To Kewal Jhaanki Hai, Mathura Kashi Baaki Hai (Ayodhya is just a teaser, Mathura and Kashi are yet to come) – BJP never had the right to this old war of right wing school of politics. But now, ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections, the call is entering the official BJP vocabulary with top leaders like Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The pitch here is a bit different though. This is not to solve the traditional temple-mosque issues, but to emphasize the large-scale development of the three holy sites of Hindus. “We had said that we will get the work of Ram temple started in Ayodhya. Modi had started it. are you not happy? The grand Vishwanath Dham has been constructed in Kashi. You’ve seen it. Then how will Mathura-Vrindavan leave? Work has started there too,” Adityanath said at a rally on Thursday.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s phrase ‘Ayodhya-Mathura-Kashi’ was referenced by Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya this month when he said that a grand temple construction was underway in Ayodhya and Kashi and “now preparations are on for Mathura”. Was”.
BJP UP in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan also used the phrase earlier this month when he said that pilgrims had come to these three places in UP. Mathura BJP MP Hema Malini had earlier this month also asked the PM for development of Mathura Krishnabhoomi temple on the lines of Kashi temple.
A senior state BJP leader said the Ayodhya-Kashi-Mathura terminology was being approached from a ‘development angle’ by the party in these elections as these are the three holy places of Hindus and revered for the three gods, Ram, Shiva. Huh. and Krishna.
“We stand to restore these holy sites to their past glory and develop them in a proper way. The development plan of Mathura Krishna Janmabhoomi temple is being discussed at the senior level,” the leader told News18.
The Shahi Idgah Mosque in Mathura is located next to the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and was built by Aurangzeb in 1670 by demolishing the temple, which was later rebuilt. It is a similar situation in Varanasi where the Gyanvypi Mosque was built by Aurangzeb in 1670 before rebuilding the temple by demolishing the Kashi Vishwanath temple, but was located in a smaller area as of 2019.
However, the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project has expanded the area of the temple complex by almost ten times. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at the Kashi Vishwanath Dham Project on December 13 had called upon Aurangzeb to point out the destruction of India’s ancient temples. BJP leaders say the focus on Ayodhya-Kashi-Mathura bolsters the party’s campaign that it is focusing on redevelopment of these sites.