Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday raked up the Ram Temple issue by saying he was going to visit Ayodhya in November. Addressing party workers in Mumbai on Thursday, Thackeray said he was saddened that Ram Mandir had not been built yet and added that he would be visiting Ayodhya on November 25. Sounding out a warning to all those who thought Hindutva had died, Thackeray said, “We are still alive.” Also Read - 'Should be Embarrased to Even Mention...' India Rubbishes Pakistan's Criticism Over Ram Temple
During his annual Vijaya Dashmi rally, Thackeray didn’t spare Prime Minister Narendra Modi either. NDTV quoted him as saying, ” You go to countries which we might not have even seen in geography textbooks. But why haven’t you gone to Ayodhya?” he asked, adding that in his Ayodhya visit, he would raise this question to the PM. Also Read - Criticising State Govt Now Criminal? Twitter Calls Mumbai Police's Gag Order 'Unacceptable'
On Dussehra, Thackeray wasn’t the only one to raise the Ram Temple issue. Earlier in the day, during his Vijaya Dashami speech, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had demanded a law to be framed to allow the construction of the temple. Later, Janata Dal(U) general secretary KC Tyagi reminded him not to “rake up the issue” since it was in court. He also said that one should wait for the verdict. Also Read - Signs of Rift in Maharashtra Coalition as State Battles Multiple Challenges? Uddhav Thackeray Meets Alliance Partners
“As the matter remains pending in the Supreme Court, we believe we should wait for the verdict instead of needlessly raking it up. And once the judgment is passed, all the parties concerned should respect it,” Tyagi was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Earlier this month, ANI had reported that Thackeray had accepted the invitation of Janmejay Sharanji, the chief of Ram Janmabhoomi Trust, to visit the holy city in Uttar Pradesh. “Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ayodhya not alone but with lakhs of people after this Diwali. Sharanji invited him to Ayodhya and also held a meeting with him,” Raut said. Elaborating on the meeting between his party chief and Sharanji, Raut said that the head of Janmabhoomi Trust was of the view that “without Shiv Sena’s power, determination and belief Ram Temple cannot be built”.