BJP Rajya Sabha member Vinay Katiyar’s effort to rekindle hopes of a Ram temple at a rally in Ayodhya on Thursday was met with sober claps from spectators and near silence from Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the dais.

“Winning Uttar Pradesh is very important for the BJP. If we get a good majority in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP will get majority in the Rajya Sabha. If the party has the majority in the Rajya Sabha, the temple will be built,” Katiyar said.

He added that any development work would be incomplete without the construction of Ram Mandir. “We have to build temple here. It is important for the unity and integrity of this country.”

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Katiyar said the country should have a uniform civil code and “triple talaq is an injustice to Muslim women” and has to be “banned”. “In fact, there has to be a law on single marriage. Otherwise, in three-four marriages, there would be three-four children each and the family size becomes 20-25.” Katiyar said.