New Delhi: Around 3,000 Shiv Sena activists on Thursday left for Ayodhya in two special trains from Thane and Nashik to join party President Uddhav Thackeray, an official said. Thackeray will pay a two-day visit to Ayodhya on Saturday-Sunday and take a ‘darshan’ of ‘Ram Lalla‘. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Ahead of Amit Shah's Address, RJD Holds 'Thali Bajao' Protest | Watch
The Sena activists, sporting saffron banners, bands, and posters boarded the trains raising slogans for Lord Ram Temple and the party leadership. Also Read - 'People Should Beat Them up With Slippers': Hardik Patel Lashes Out at Gujarat Congress MLAs
The politically significant visit by Thackeray is expected to build pressure on its ruling ally, Bharatiya Janata Party, to expedite the construction plans for the proposed Ram Temple there as a run-up to the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Also Read - Indian Film Association Writes to CM Uddhav Thackery Calling Shooting Guidelines 'Impractical', Requests Reconsideration
However, contrary to speculation, Thackeray will not hold a political rally in Ayodhya but will conduct a dialogue with the people and prominent citizens of the holy town.
As per reports, Thackeray will take part in a ‘maha-aarti’ and is likely to hold a meeting with Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas President, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das during his two-day sojourn.
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.
On Diwali eve, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had asserted that the construction work for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will start very soon. He had earlier also called for an early resolution to the Ayodhya dispute.
The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528, was, on December 6, 1992, razed to the ground allegedly by Hindu activists, claiming that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram temple that originally stood there.
Earlier, a three-judge bench, by a 2:1 majority, refused to refer to a five-judge constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment 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.
(With agency inputs)