New Delhi: Amid ongoing row over the construction of Ram Temple, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will go for a darshan of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on Sunday while Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will be organising grand ‘Dharam Sabha’ in the holy town. Also Read - Noida Lockdown Extended Till May 10 | Check Steps to Apply For e-pass Online
The Shiv Sena chief is reported to have brought a pot full of soil from the Shivneri fort in Pune, which will be handed over to the priest at the Ram janmabhoomi when he meets him later. His visit to the disputed site comes a day after he launched a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre over the delay in promulgating an ordinance for the construction of Ram Temple. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
Asking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to declare a date for the construction of Ram Mandir, he had said, “Ram temple is a matter of faith and faith cannot be decided in court. You didn’t wait for even half-an-hour to implement demonetisation then why is there such a long delay for Ram temple?” Also Read - Impose Complete Lockdown in India: Traders' Body Urges PM Modi Amid COVID Surge
In the wake of the two events, security has been tightened at the disputed site with thousands of police and paramilitary personnel keeping a watch over the sensitive place. Ayodhya has been divided into 16 sectors and a security scheme is under force, Additional Director General law and order, Anand Kumar said, adding that additional force has been deployed for maintaining law and order and efforts are on to ensure that the events pass off peacefully. Barriers have been erected to regulate the surging crowd in the temple town and magistrates have been posted there.
The Sena chief arrived at the temple town on Saturday afternoon along with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya amidst slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’. On Sunday morning, after visiting Ram Lalla, he will interact with the media and later with the public.
On Saturday, Thackeray visited Lakshman Kila and addressed media. Later he went to the banks of the Saryu river in the evening to offer prayers.
“I have come here to awaken the Kumbhakarana,” Thackeray said, while indirectly comparing Modi, or his government, to the Ramayana character known for sleeping for months at a stretch. “Today’s Kumbhakarna has been sleeping for the past four years,” he added.
“But how many years should we wait for the temple? Ram temple is a matter concerning faith and the government needs to bring a law before the court verdict,” he said while adding that doesn’t want to take the credit for the temple construction, and others were free to do so.
This is Thackeray’s first visit to Ayodhya and party leaders, including MP, Sanjay Raut, and others had been camping here for the last few days to make preparations for the visit.
Thackeray and scores of Sena supporters arrived in Ayodhya just a day ahead of the Dharam Sabha being organised separately by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of a Ram temple on a disputed site.
There was a massive deployment of police in the city as seers and other people arrive for the VHP event. The VHP had claimed that tens of thousands of people will attend its event.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minsiter Yogi Adityanath called for meeting with Director General of Police (DGP), Principal Secretary Home, ADG Law, and Order and other officials at his official residence on Saturday evening to discuss Ayodhya issue.
The Sena, which has demanded to expedite the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya by promulgating an ordinance to the effect, is believed to have sent some 3,000 Shiv Sena supporters by two trains from Maharashtra.
Upping the party stance on the issue, Thackeray had announced his plans to visit Ayodhya during his Dussehra rally here last month. Coinciding with the visit, the Shiv Sena has organised prayer meetings and ‘maha-aartis’ all over Maharashtra with senior party leaders joining them. Representatives of the North Indian community here have also expressed support for the party.