New Delhi: In the wake of coronavirus or COVID-19 scare, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will not attend Ayodhya’s famous ‘Aarti‘ during his scheduled visit to the holy city on Saturday. Notably, Thackeray is visiting the city to offer prayers on completing of his 100 days in office. He is expected to be accompanied by wife Rashmi Thackeray and son and minister Aaditya Thackeray. Also Read - ‘Uddhav Thackeray Should Make Stand Clear on Reservation For Muslims,’ Says Fadnavis
Earlier, the Maharashtra Chief Minister was scheduled to attend the evening ‘Aarti‘ on the banks of the Saryu river after offering prayers at the makeshift temple of Lord Ram. “The visit has been curtailed in the wake of the health advisories issued by the government”, Thackeray’s close aide and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters. Also Read - CM Uddhav Thackeray Announces First List of Crop Loan Waiver, Over 15,000 Farmers Benefited
The Sena president may address a press conference before returning to Mumbai.
This will be Thackeray’s first visit to Ayodhya after his party snapped ties with BJP and joined hands with ideological rivals Congress and Nationalist Congress Party to form Maha Aghadi government in Maharashtra. In November 2018, Uddhav Thackeray had first visited Ayodhya with his family.
Meanwhile, political analysts opine that by visiting Ayodhya after becoming chief minister , Uddhav Thackeray wants to send a clear message that he has not given up on his Hindutva agenda even though he runs a government in alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress.
However, Thackeray had stated that his visit should not be politicised. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai ahead of his visit to the holy city, the Sena president had asserted,”This is a matter of faith. Whoever wants to accompany me, can come. Taking blessings from God has no connection to politics.”