Ayodhya: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who is on a 2-day visit to holy town Ayodhya, on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre over the delay in promulgating an ordinance for the construction of Ram Temple. Asking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to announce a date for the construction of Ram Mandir, he said, “Ram temple is a matter of faith and faith cannot be decided in court. You didn’t wait for even half-an-hour to implement demonetisation then why is there such a long delay for Ram temple?”

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“Humein aaj mandir banne ki tareekh chahiye. Pehle mandir kab banaoge wo batao, baaki baatein to baad me hoti rahengi. Aaj mujhe tareekh chahiye (We want you to announce a date on which the Ram Temple construction will begin. First tell us when will the temple construction begin. I want the date today),” Thackeray was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The Sena chief arrived in the temple town on Saturday afternoon along with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya amidst slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’. On Sunday morning, he will go for a darshan of Ram Lalla accompanied, interact with the media and later with the public.

The Shiv Sena chief is reported to have brought a pot full of soil from the Shivneri fort in Pune, which will be handed over to the priest at the Ram janmabhoomi when he meets him later.

This is Thackeray’s first visit to Ayodhya and party leaders, including MP, Sanjay Raut, and others had been camping here for the last few days to make preparations for the visit.

The temple town will also witness another major congregation of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists Sunday who will be taking part in a Dharam Sabha.

In the wake of the two events, security has been tightened at the disputed site with thousands of police and paramilitary personnel keeping a watch over the sensitive place. Ayodhya has been divided in 16 sectors and a security scheme is under force, Additional Director General law and order, Anand Kumar said, adding that additional force has been deployed for maintaining law and order and efforts are on to ensure that the events pass off peacefully. Barriers have been erected to regulate the surging crowd in the temple town and magistrates have been posted there.

The Sena, which has demanded expediting the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya by promulgating an ordinance to the effect, is believed to have sent some 3,000 Shiv Sena supporters by two trains from Maharashtra.