New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday attacked former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for demanding the army be deployed in Ayodhya ahead of the ‘Dharma Sabha’ organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), calling him “anti-Ram”.

State BJP Spokesman Chandramohan said that the demand showed that the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief was not only against Hindus but also of “perverted mentality”.

He added that Akhilesh was, in fact, carrying forward the legacy of his father and former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had ordered bullets fired on ‘Kar Sevaks’ in Ayodhya. Chandramohan said that Hindu devotees were gathering at Ayodhya for a peaceful programme on Sunday.

Before demanding the army be deployed in Ayodhya, the SP President should remember that on several occasions, like the Muzaffarnagar riots that happened under his watch, the army had to be called in to restore peace in a sign that his government had failed, he said.

“You and your party have suffered setbacks in successive elections and the people will not tolerate the humiliation of Ram Bhakts,” the BJP spokesman said.

Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, who is on a two-day visit to Ayodhya, had launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre over the delay in promulgating an ordinance for the construction of Ram Temple.

On Friday, Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Ram Temple and asked the ruling party to bring an ordinance. Addressing the reporters in Ayodhya, Raut had said, “If we had demolished Babri in 17 minutes then how long does it take to make a law. From Rashtrapati Bhavan to UP, there is BJP government only. There are many MPs in the Rajya Sabha who will stand with Ram Temple issue. And the one who will protest against, it will be difficult for them to roam in the country.”

Many political groups have voiced for an ordinance on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya after Supreme Court adjourned the Ayodhya title suit case hearing till next year.