Posters of Lord Rama dotted around Amritsar

Tribune News Service

Charanjit Singh Teja

Amritsar, May 27

As voters exercise their franchise on June 1, posters reading “Jo Ram ko laye hain, hum unko layenge” have been put up across the city along with posters of BJP candidate Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

These posters stand in stark contrast to the election campaigns of BJP candidates, which were organised with a sole focus on development.

Rakesh Sharma, head of Bada Hanuman temple at Durgiana Tirath, is behind the creation of these posters.

Sharma said this was a call to support the BJP for the construction of the Ram temple. “It is time to thank the BJP for building the Ram temple. These posters are a continuation of our earlier slogan ‘Mandir wahin banega’. Though we are associated with the BJP, these posters are the voice of Ram Bhagat,” he said.

So far, Sandhu has focused on development issues in her Amritsar constituency, leaving no space for sectarian forces. “We are together, we are together” is what her posters read.

Adopting a balanced approach towards Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, Sandhu visited Shahi Masjid in Hall Bazar for Eid celebrations. He also visited Damdami Taksal and began his speech with ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

“The construction of the Ram temple has created a feeling of gratitude among the Hindu community towards the BJP. If, as an individual, someone wants to support the BJP, there is no problem. They are expressing their love for Lord Rama,” BJP spokesman Salchad Singh said.

The BJP candidate declined to comment on the matter.

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