Attacking the BJP over its failure to build a Ram Temple at Ayodhya, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has virtually questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his commitment to Hindutva and pionted out his failure to build a Ram Temple at Ayodhya. Stating that his party has supported Modi only due to his promises for Hindutva, particularly construciton of Ram Temple, he said that he would visit Ayodhya on November 25, to serve a wake-up call to the Modi-led government.
Uddhav said that his Ayodhya visit on is meant to “remind” the government about its promise and warned if construction at the disputed site was not commenced, then Shiv Sena would start work on it with Hindus from across the nation.
“There is anger at the Ram Mandir not being built… Hindus in the country are not dead, they are awake,” said Uddhav while speaking at the party’s annual Dusshera rally, where he attacked the PM Modi regime for not taking a hard-line stance over Pakistan and Kashmir.
Uddhav reiterated that Shiv Sena would fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections sans an alliance with the BJP. The Shiv Sena, which is looking at appropriating the BJP’s pan-India hard-line Hindutva plank, is seeking that since Ram Temple is a matter of faith, the Centre must legislate its construction instead of letting the courts decide the dispute.
Uddhav recalled that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had also reiterated the Sena’s stance on the Ram Temple. “Mandir wahin banayenge, par tarikh nahin batayenge (We’ll construct the temple there only, but won’t tell the date of the construction),” he chided the BJP.
Uddhav said it was late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray who had owed up to his workers demolishing the Babri Masjid in December 1991 when BJP leaders were scared to do so and alleged the demolition case was resurrected to keep senior BJP leader LK Advani away from the president’s post.