Mumbai: Launching a fresh salvo at the Narendra Modi government, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday asked the BJP as to how Ram temple can be built when its allies Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP are opposing it. Also Read - India May Not Require Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine, Says Union Minister Harsh Vardhan
“They say Congress comes in between when Ram Mandir issue comes up. Just because Congress comes in the middle, people punished them by taking away the majority and giving you the power. However, we don’t see any Ram Mandir built by you so far,” he said. Also Read - Maharashtra: 35 Percent Schools Reopen After 8 Months, Only 5 Percent Students Attend
Thackeray also slammed the BJP over Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath’s remarks on Lord Hanuman, saying that had the caste of any other religion discussed, it would have become a big issue. Also Read - This Time Swearing-in Will be Held at Appropriate Hour: Fadnavis Exudes Confidence of Forming Govt in Maharashtra
“Why is Lord Hanuman’s caste being discussed? If any other religions’ castes are discussed, it will be made a huge issue, but it’s okay to discuss Lord Hanuman’s caste. How sad it is,” he said.
The Shiv Sena also took a dig at PM Modi’s promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh into every citizen’s bank account calling it a ‘jumla’, asking how people can trust the party if they making the issue of Ram temple a ‘jumla’ too.
“Rs 15 lakh in accounts was a ‘jumla’ and now even this (Ram Temple) is a jumla? When we went to Ayodhya, people said,“ye to Bal Saheb ka ladka aaya hai, ye to Ram Mandir banake hi jayega”. If you’re making this issue also a jumla, how can you expect people to trust you?” he asked.
Thackeray also criticised the Quota Bill aimed at providing 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education to economically backward section in the general category, which got President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent on Saturday.
“If you really want to help financially weaker section, then why don’t you exempt those below Rs 8 lakh per annum income from paying taxes? You have given reservations but have you calculated or considered the actual way of implementing reservations?” he asked.
Hitting back at BJP chief Amit Shah over his veiled warning on an alliance in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha polls, Thackeray said, “One who will trounce Shiv Sena yet to be born”.