Mumbai: Shiv Sena is leaving no stone unturned to demand the Centre the promulgation of an ordinance for Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. In this regard, the party chief Uddhav Thackeray will hold a mega rally in the temple town of Pandharpur on Monday, where he is scheduled to address a rally of party supporters. Apparently, Sena has also coined a new slogan after its slogan for building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya became popular with the party workers.
On the maiden visit to Ayodhya temple last month, Thackeray had announced the slogan ‘Har Hindu Ki Yahi Pukar, Pehale Mandir Phir Sarkar (Every Hindu has only one demand — first the temple and then the government.)’. This time, ahead of Sena chief’s Pandharpur rally, the party has coined another slogan – ‘Vithunamacha Jaijaykar, Pehale Mandir Phir Sarkar (Hail the name of Vitthal — first the temple and then the government)’.
Sena leaders said that the party was looking to push its Hindutva agenda further after the Ayodhya visit.
According to party leaders, Thackeray will address a dharma sabha at the Chandrabhaga Maidan at Pandharpur, during which they will once again push the demand for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
As per a report, Shiv Sena has asked all its 227 shakhas in Mumbai and its units in the rest of the state to gather a huge crowd for the Pandharpur rally. For the same, the party has arranged pilgrimage tours of Pandharpur and surrounding religious places for supporters. All branch heads have been asked to mobilise people to visit holy pilgrimage centres like Akkalkot, Gangapur and Pandharpur.
If we are to go by officials’ words, at least 30,000 Sena supporters from Mumbai are expected to attend the rally at Pandharpur.
Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a dig at the opposition over the Ram Mandir issue, saying only the BJP could build the temple in Ayodhya.
“Some people were saying that they will only vote for the party that will build Ram temple. Whenever it happens and whoever does it, I assure you we’ll be the ones to do it, nobody else can do it,” Adityanath said while addressing the gathering at the Yuva Kumbh programme in Lucknow.
On December 22, the Shiv Sena attacked senior ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Ayodhya issue, saying the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site has become another ‘jumla’ for the party.
In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, the party said the BJP had not woken up despite its recent electoral defeats in three states and was not ready to learn from what RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had to say in the context of teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.
There is pressure within the BJP to construct the Ram temple in Ayodhya, but when will “achchhe din” (good days) come for Lord Ram, the Sena asked.
“Shree (Mohan) Bhagwat, while citing the Bhagavad Gita said what is the use of the arrogance (by saying) what ‘I’ do is the best. ‘I’ did this. He has given a guiding principle for the BJP,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.