Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ayodhya next Sunday, a day before the monsoon session of Parliament begins. According to the party’s spokesperson Sanjay Raut Thackeray will be accompanied by the 18 newly-elected parliamentarians from the Sena.
Uddhav Thackeray, an active proponent of constructing the Ram temple at the site where the 14th Century Babri Masjid once stood, had last visited Ayodhya in November for a mega-event organised by several Hindu groups.
The Shiv Sena chief was particularly critical of the Narendra Modi-led central government over the delay in constructing the Ram temple. “If it can demonetise currency notes instantly, why can’t it build the temple? Now tell me the date,” he had demanded.
A week after the election results were announced, the Shiv Sena said in a Saamna article that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s massive victory was also the people’s mandate in favour of the Ram temple. “A party with the mindset of Lord Ram has come to power at the centre. Crores of people have voted them to power so that Ram Rajya can be established in the country,” it read.