The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party should shed “narrow politcs” and support NDA’s presidential applicant Ram Nath Kovind who hails from Uttar Pradesh, state minister Srikant Sharma said today.
“For the first time, UP has an opportunity to give a president. Individuals of state are feeling proud after his candidature was pronounced. The SP and the BSP should shed narrow politics and bolster Kovind,” he told reporters in Ballia.
The 71-year-old Ram Nath Kovind was born in Kanpur (country) in the state. A lawyer-turned-politician, he has likewise served as the governor of Bihar.
On the Ram temple issue, Mr Sharma said construction of the temple through consensus was to everybody’s interest and “our government will take an initiative for this”.
Attacking the previous Akhilesh Yadav government, Mr Sharma, who is likewise the state’s energy minister, affirmed that payments worth crores of rupees were made to contractors without completion of work.
“We are probing such cases and strict action will be made against the contractors and officials included,” he included.