New Delhi: Amid his party’s push for early construction of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrived in temple town on Saturday for a two-day visit. The Sena chief was accompanied by his wife Rashmi and son Aditya. They will drive down for an engagement at the Laxman Killa in the temple town, and later perform a ‘maha-aarti’ on the banks of Sarayu river this evening.
In a bid to avoid any untoward incident, elaborate arrangements have been made. Besides the imposition of CrPC section 144 in the region, one Additional Director General of Police, one DIG, three SSPs, 10 ASPs, 21 DSPs, 160 inspectors, 700 constables, 48 companies of PAC, 5 companies of RAF, ATS commandos and drone cameras have been deployed by the administration. (‘If we Can Demolish Babri in 17 Minutes Then How Long Does it Take to Make Law on Ram Temple‘)
“There is nothing to fear. We are vigilant and the law and order will be maintained,” said the DGP on Friday. Iqbal Ansari, the lone Muslim litigant in the decades-old title suit of the Babri mosque-Ram Janmabhoomi case had recently said they were feeling insecure as the “atmosphere in Ayodhya was akin to 1992”.
Thackeray will also hold a meeting with Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas President, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das during his two-day sojourn. On Sunday morning, the Shiv Sena president will visit the disputed site. (If Orders Can be Issued For Triple Talaq, Then Why Not on Ram Temple, Asks Sena)
“We will welcome Uddhav Thackeray as he is raising an issue that is very close to the heart of every Hindu. But if he is coming here with a political agenda then that will not solve any purpose” leading daily quoted Mahant Anjani Das as saying.
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.
On Friday, while taking a dig at the Centre over the delay in promulgating an ordinance over the construction of Ram Temple said, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “The Babri mosque was demolished in 17 minutes… In about half an hour what needed to be done was done by the Ram bhakts (devotees of Ram)…The blot which was there since years was brought down.” He was referring to the demolition of the mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
Shiv Sena, which is the part of the BJP-led governments in both Maharashtra and the Centre, has been aggressively pushing for the construction of Ram temple since the party’s annual Dussehra rally. The party has demanded the Centre to come out with an Ordinance and declare a date for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
(With inputs from agencies)