June 24, 2022

bjp: Mathura wants mandir, but without violence | India News – Times of India

AGRA: With an almost 80% population of Hindus, the holy town of Mathura has become an often-repeated theme for BJP in the run-up to polls in UP this time, amid renewed calls for construction of the Krishna Janambhoomi temple.
In and around the “Krishna circuit of Mathura and Vrindavan, all BJP leaders, big and small, have been saying that after the “success in Ayodhya and Kashi”, it’s time now for a grand temple in Mathura.
On the ground nobody, of course, opposes it. While there is some concern among minorities in the region that the “Polarising issue” will only go on to help BJP, many people from the community TOI spoke to said they have “no problem” if peace isn’t compromised.
Mohammad Riazuddin Raju, 45, president of Sankalp Welfare Society, an NGO, said that though the issue is “all over”, the people of Mathura know how “precious communal harmony is”.
Majority of people in this religious town are convinced that the issue of Krishna temple is political. But at the same time they believe that if the temple comes up, the town could see unprecedented economic development on lines of Ayodhya, where the construction of the Ram Temple has now become a means of economic revival for the city.
Manish Jindal, 33, who owns a brick kiln business, admitted that recent statements by senior BJP leaders have revived hopes for the mandir. “We know there is politics being played around this emotive issue but the BJP did fulfil its promise of a Ram mandir in Ayodhya. A Krishna temple could be a reality and revive this city, which has been dying a slow death… the region could become even more attractive as pilgrimage destination.”
Owner of a chain of stores, Manish Chaudhary, 28, said, “Of course we want a Krishna temple. But it has to be without violence and bloodshed. Communal tension is no good for any city.”
Tushar Agarwal, 40, a businessman in Mathura city, had a somewhat different view, “We’ve been here for several years but no one, except the politicians, has ever talked about a separate temple. Many of us are happy with the Krishna mandir we have right now.”
BJP MP from Mathura, Hema Malini, told TOI: “A Krishna temple is already here but the contentious issue of the idgah and the Janambhoomi should be resolved with everyone on board, keeping in mind the sentiments of crores of Hindus. No one wants the peace in the city to be disturbed though.”

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