It is a matter of February 2012. Assembly elections were being held in Uttar Pradesh. It was clearly seen that the BSP is going out of power and the Samajwadi Party is in the forefront of coming to power.
Once upon a time, Uttar Pradesh Congress had a domestic land but by 2012 the condition of the Congress had fallen. But the interesting thing was that the Bharatiya Janata Party also looked disappointed.
In a village in Phulpur near Allahabad, I spoke to the booth workers of every party. The BJP worker was a Brahmin lawyer and that was quite untrue.
BJP was not doing well in these elections. I asked him what was going wrong? The rise of BJP started from Uttar Pradesh and why is it going to collapse?
The BJP's lawyer activist replied, "People are feeling that we have cheated them on the Ram temple issue."
It was because of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement that the rise of BJP started in Uttar Pradesh and the rest of North India. In this movement Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya. But after this, the party had sidelined the issue in the desire of mainstream acceptance.
Due to the Ram Mandir movement, BJP seats in the Lok Sabha increased from two to 85 in just five years. The lawyer said, "The second thing is that the BJP could not do caste politics properly in Uttar Pradesh."
I asked him what should be done to bring the BJP back to Uttar Pradesh.
I felt that he would say to practice caste politics, take backward sections and rebuild the Ram temple movement, but there was something else in his mind.
He said, "To strengthen BJP in UP, we have to bring Modi into (national politics)."
I was shocked by his point. I asked what the Chief Minister of Gujarat would be able to do in Uttar Pradesh.
He said, "There will be polarization with Modi. Either you are with Modi or against Modi. The same polarization was also during the Ram Mandir movement."
When the results of the 2012 assembly elections came, BJP got just 47 seats out of 403. It got 15 percent votes.
After 19 months, the party leadership overheard BJP workers like 'Vakil Saheb' and Narendra Modi was declared the prime ministerial candidate.
From 2012 to 2014, the BJP's vote share in Uttar Pradesh increased from 15 to 43 percent in just two years. She won 71 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. During this time, he could not forget that BJP worker found in Phulpur.
He is no longer a BJP worker in the village. Now this work has been handed over to a new worker of the OBC community.
Today, in Narendra Modi's tenure as Prime Minister, when the Supreme Court has given the disputed land to the Hindus 'legally', I am reminded of that worker.
All BJP workers of every caste in that village can now say that the party has kept its promise because the government had advocated in favor of the temple in the Supreme Court.
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In the last several years I met many Muslims, who wanted a temple to be built in Ayodhya so that they could get rid of this issue.
Muslims remember the riots in the country after the demolition of Babri Masjid, so they worry about their security more than a mosque.
The Supreme Court has said to provide separate suitable land for the mosque. Despite this decision, the decision to marginalize Muslims and consider them as second class citizens has got legal recognition in some way.
Today's Indian Muslims are more worried, because they face challenges like National Register of Citizens i.e. NRC.
They know that they will no longer get justice from the system, so now they are struggling to find papers to prove that their grandfathers were from India.
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The government will now form a trust to build the temple. During its process big headlines will be made and controversial statements will come before every major election.
2019 is not over yet and after the removal of the provisions of Article 370, this is the second major victory of Hindutva.
In the forthcoming parliamentary session, a citizen amendment will be kept in the legislative assembly and who knows that a uniform civil code and an anti-conversion law should also be discussed.
The opposition has already come on the back-foot and will come on more back-foot.
Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao allowed the Ram Janmabhoomi movement to run out of fear of losing Hindu votes, but the Congress would not be able to take credit for fear of losing Muslim votes.
Ayodhya's decision left the opposition neither here nor there. The opposition always kept saying that the Supreme Court will decide, but the decision of the Supreme Court came as the BJP wanted.
The BJP and Narendra Modi's government, already excited by this decision, is seen in more enthusiasm.
This decision has come at a time when Modi government is doing politics of Hindutva to divert attention from economic sluggishness and increasing unemployment. Therefore, there could not have been a better time for this decision for him.
Despite winning 303 seats in May 2019 and removing Article 370 in August, the BJP failed to get a clear majority in Maharashtra and Haryana.
But this decision has made the Jharkhand elections to be held in December and the Delhi assembly elections to be held in February more interesting.
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