New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on Narendra Modi-led government, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday claimed that if they (BJP) don’t build Ram Mandir at the earliest they will be dethroned in upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. “This government is very powerful and if they (the BJP) don’t build the temple they might not come back to power,” said the Sena chief while addressing a press conference on Sunday. Also Read - Nationwide Lockdown May Extend Beyond April 14 as Coronavirus Cases Rise Over 2,000; Death Toll at 53
He accused the political parties of using the Ram Mandir issue as a political plank for their electoral gains. “If the matter is under legal jurisdiction, then parties should not use it as a poll plank. They chant ‘Ram Ram’ before elections, but it’s only aaram (they relax) after it,” Thackeray said. Also Read - Maharashtra: Coronavirus Cases Climb to 335, PM Modi Speaks to Uddhav Thackeray | Top 10 Points
The Sena chief also hit out at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath saying,”He (CM Yogi) had said that he believes in Ram temple and its construction. However, his ‘belief’ has yet not turned into reality, and that’s the saddest thing.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 8, Positive Cases Cross 200
Thackeray further said that he had no hidden agenda in coming to Ayodhya. “I’ve come to express sentiments of all Indians and Hindus across world. Saints who blessed me yesterday, I’d told them that the work which we’re about to begin can’t be done without their blessings.”
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya disapproved of the Shiv Sena’s push for constructing a Ram temple, saying the party had no role in the temple movement. “There is no problem in Uddhav Thackeray catching a glimpse of Ram Lalla… But, had Balasaheb Thackeray been alive, he would have prevented Uddhav from doing whatever he is doing,” Maurya told PTI on the phone.
On Saturday, Thackeray invoked Kumbhakarna, a mythological character from the Ramayana, while addressing a gathering in Ayodhya and had said,”Every Hindu wants the Ram temple to be made. Today I have come here to wake up Kumbhakarna. Kumbhakarna was not just a part of Ramayana; he is there today also. Kumbhakarna used to sleep for six months in Ramayana, but present-day Kumbhakarna has been sleeping for four years. So, I have come here to wake him up.”
Earlier in the day, Thackeray visited the disputed site and offered prayers at Ram Lalla temple. He arrived in the temple town on Saturday noon for two day visit.