Ayodhya: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday amid a clamour among Hindu outfits for bringing an ordinance to build Ram Temple. Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview to Zee News, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Friday claimed that an Ordinance on construction of Ram Temple is not the need of the hour. He also asserted that the issue will be solved as per the Constitution while alleging the Congress of wanting the hearing in the case to be deferred.
Ahead of Thackeray’s visit to the holy town, elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure that law and order is maintained. Besides the imposition of CrPC section 144 in the region, one Additional Director General of Police, one DIG, three SSPs, 10 ASPs, 21 DSPs, 160 inspectors, 700 constables, 42 companies of PAC, 5 companies of RAF, ATS commandos and drone cameras have been deployed by the administration.
The Sena chief is expected to reach Ayodhya at 2 PM on Saturday. At around 6 PM, he will attend the Saryu river aarti. Before this, he will honour saints and priests at an event at Lakshman ‘quila’. On Sunday, he will be visiting the Ram Temple site.
On Friday, a day before Thackeray’s visit, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said, “We have promised to the people of the country that once we come to power Ram mandir will be constructed at Ayodhya. We are forgetting that promise. Therefore, Uddhav ji has taken this initiative. We have given the slogan ‘Har Hindu ki yahi pukaar, pehle mandir phir sarkar’.”
Another party leader, Sanjay Raut, while taking a dig at the Centre over the delay in promulgating an ordinance over construction of Ram Temple said, “The Babri mosque was demolished in 17 minutes… In about half an hour what needed to be done was done by the Ram bhakts (devotees of Ram)…The blot which was there since years was brought down.” He was referring to the demolition of the mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
Shiv Sena, which is the part of the BJP-led governments in both Maharashtra and the Centre, has been aggressively pushing for the construction of Ram temple since the party’s annual Dussehra rally. The party has demanded the Centre to come out with an Ordinance and declare a date for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
On the other hand, Vishva Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) ‘dharam sabha’ (religious conclave) on the Ram temple issue is also slated to be held in Ayodhya on Sunday, which, the outfit claims, is likely to be attended by about one lakh people.
Earlier, a three-judge bench of Supreme Court, by a 2:1 majority, refused to refer to a five-judge constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgement that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.
An apex court bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the civil suit has to be decided on the basis of evidence, adding that the previous verdict has no relevance to this issue.