Uddhav Thackeray urges Centre to frame ordinance on Ram Temple, after visiting makeshift shrine in Ayodhya

Party leader Sanjay Raut had said on Saturday that Uddhav Thackeray is fulfilling the promise he made in November that he would visit the temple again after elections.

Press Trust of India June 16, 2019 12:20:42 IST
Uddhav Thackeray urges Centre to frame ordinance on Ram Temple, after visiting makeshift shrine in Ayodhya
  • Thackeray reached Ayodhya Sunday morning along with his son Aditya and met party MPs who are in the town since Saturday evening

  • He addressed a press conference, where he said that the Centre should bring an ordinance to construct Ram temple

  • Maharashtra will be going to polls later this year and the visit is being seen as an attempt by the Shiv Sena to put pressure on ally BJP on the Ram temple issue

Ayodhya: Government should bring an ordinance to construct Ram temple, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday in Ayodhya, asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the courage to do so and there would be no one to stop it.

Thackeray offered prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple along with his son Aditya and 18 newly-elected lawmakers of his party. The Shiv Sena chief has said the visit was to fulfil the promise Thackeray made last November to come to Ayodhya again after the elections.

Uddhav Thackeray urges Centre to frame ordinance on Ram Temple after visiting makeshift shrine in Ayodhya

Uddhav and Aditya Thackeray arrived in Ayodhya on Saturday. Twitter. @uddhavthackeray

"The case is in the court for many years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the courage. If government takes the decision, there is no one to stop it. Not only Shiv Sena, Hindus of the whole world are with this," Uddhav said, while addressing a press conference after his visit to the Ram Lalla (or infant Ram) temple.

"The government should bring an ordinance for construction of Ram temple. The issue concerns all Hindus and the temple has to be constructed at the earliest," he said, raising the slogan of "kanoon banao, mandir banao (formulate law and construct temple)".

Maharashtra will be going to polls later this year and the visit is being seen as an attempt by the Shiv Sena to put pressure on ally BJP on the Ram temple issue. But Sena has maintained that Thackeray's visit should not be seen through the electoral lens. "For us Ram temple is matter of faith and not politics," Thackeray said.

"Whether it be Shiv Sena or BJP, we are working to make Hindutva strong. After understanding this, the government (of Narendra Modi) returned to power with more MPs. This means we have to respect people's feelings," he added.

When asked whether the Shiv Sena would risk its alliance with the BJP to put pressure on the government over construction of the Ram temple, he quipped, "For a good work, thoughts also need to be good."

The title suit over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site is being heard by the Supreme Court.

Party leader Sanjay Raut had said on Saturday that Thackeray is fulfilling the promise he made in November that he would visit the temple again after elections.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Ayodhya a week back to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla (or infant Ram) temple. His visit, the first after the Lok Sabha election results were declared, was apparently aimed at reiterating support for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site.

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