Taking a shot at the Bharatiya Janata Party supported 84 kos parikrama by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) sadhus in Uttar Pradesh, Congress party launched 'Bharat Nirman vs Mandir Nirman' poll on the social networking site Twitter on Sunday.
The ruling party had recently re-launched its 'Bharat Nirman' (developing India) ad campaign on television channels, and on Sunday the party's social media wing put a poll across the citizens asking them to choose between their party which goes for developing a nation or choose the communal politics by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
The VHP yatra is fully supported by the BJP as Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj condemned the UP government's decision of banning the proposed yatra which was to begin from Sunday.
VHP veteran Ashok Singhal was detained at the Lucknow airport on Sunday afternoon as he had threatened to go ahead with the yatra despite a ban. The VHP is also being blamed to try and flare up communal sentiments among the UP residents as they were going to ask for support on resurrecting a Ram temple on the disputed Ram janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya.
The VHP, BJP and the Samajwadi Party government in UP have been blamed for fulfilling their political ambitions for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by creating huge unrest surrounding the 84 kos yatra.
Meanwhile, Congress retweeted the poll by a fan site called 'friends of Congress' and asked its followers to "Make a choice RT @friendscongress: #BharatNirman vs #MandirNirman."
Congress leaders too lashed at both the SP and BJP on Sunday over the chaos on the proposed yatra. "This is all a political game plan, it has nothing to do with religion," Congress leader Rashid Alvi told ANI news.
But he also criticised the UP government of compromising the freedom of the citizens of the state. "If 200 people want to do something, UP government must take the responsibility to make it happen, Hindus or Muslims have nothing to do with it."