New Delhi: Shiv Sena and the BJP don’t see eye to eye on a lot of issues and things have come to a head since the allies chose to raise the Ram temple issue right before the elections. However, senior BJP leader Uma Bharti came out in support of the Shiv Sena. She said, ” Yes, I appreciate (Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray for his effort. The BJP doesn’t have a patent on Ram Mandir, Lord Ram is of all. I appeal to everyone including SP, BSP, Akali Dal, Owaisi (AIMIM), Azam Khan etc; to come forward and support the construction of the temple.” (Also read: ‘Cong Pressuring SC to Delay Temple Hearing,’ Says PM Modi)
Earlier, however, her party colleagues haven’t taken too kindly to Sena’s involvement in the temple movement. In fact, disapproving of Sena’s push for the temple, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the party had no role in the temple movement.
“There is no problem in Uddhav Thackeray catching a glimpse of Ram Lalla… But, had Balasaheb Thackeray been alive, he would have prevented Uddhav from doing whatever he is doing,” Maurya told PTI.
“The Sena had no role in the temple movement or even in the Dharam Sabha, though Balasaheb Thackeray would support the Vishwa Hindu Parishad,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena accused the political parties of using the Ram Mandir issue as a political plank for their electoral gains. “If the matter is under the legal jurisdiction, then parties should not use it as a poll plank. They chant ‘Ram Ram’ before elections, but it’s only aaram (they relax) after it,” Thackeray said.
The Sena chief also hit out at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath saying, “He (CM Yogi) had said that he believes in Ram temple and its construction. However, his ‘belief’ has yet not turned into reality, and that’s the saddest thing.”
Thackeray added that he had no hidden agenda in going to Ayodhya. “I’ve come to express sentiments of all Indians and Hindus across the world. Saints who blessed me yesterday, I’d told them that the work which we’re about to begin can’t be done without their blessings.”