Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Sunday said the BJP government at the Centre “may not last” if the Ram Temple is not constructed at Ayodhya and demanded that an ordinance be brought in to pave for its way, warning that emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted. The Shiv Sena chief, who offered prayers at the Ram Lalla temple, said “days, years and generations are passing by but the temple has not being constructed”.
Noting that Lok Sabha elections are around the corner and only one session of Parliament remains, he asked the government to bring an ordinance. “Shiv Sena has been supporting (them) on the issue of Hindutva and will continue to do so. Bring ordinance or a law but construct temple …the emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted,” he told reporters here.
Thackeray said Hindus are today asking when will the temple be made while maintaining that his visit to Ayodhya is neither for political purposes nor is there any hidden agenda. “I am only asking (BJP) that when you were campaigning for elections you said all possibilities will be explored under the Constitution …what has been done in four years ..when will you explore possibilities,” he asked.
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The Sena chief said that if the temple is not made perhaps this government will also not last but the temple will definitely be made. Mounting an attack on Yogi Adityanath, he said the chief minister said there was a Ram temple in Ayodhya and will remain “but when will it be visible… it should be constructed as the earliest.”
Thackeray also said that the Ram Temple issue should not be politicised. “Chunav prachar ke dauran is mudde ka istemal na karein..hinduo ki bhavna se khilwad na karein (This issue (Ram Temple) should not be used in election campaigning..don’t take the emotions of Hindus for granted)”, he said.
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The town has turned into a virtual fortress with multiple layers of security and deployment of drones as people began arriving here for Sunday’s `Dharam Sabha’, being organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple. The VHP has claimed three lakh people, including seers, will attend its public meeting.