New Delhi: Soon after Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray attacked Narendra Modi-led Centre over Ram Mandir issue, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav defended the government saying,”We’ve repeatedly shown our commitment to the construction of the temple in Ayodhya. Government is doing everything possible to make sure legal process moves quickly.” Also Read - Amid Farmers Protest, PM Modi Says New Agricultural Reforms Have Given Them Legal Protection
He also blamed the grand old party for the delay in the construction of Ram mandir at the dispute site and claimed “Congress is trying to stall the judicial process”. Also Read - Nationwide Lockdown on Cards? PM Modi to Hold All-party Meet on December 4 to Discuss COVID Situation
Earlier in the day, Uddhav Thackeray had attacked the ruling party and asked,”How Ram temple can be built when its allies Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP are opposing it.” Also Read - COVID-19: BJP MLA Kiran Maheshwari Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise
“They say Congress comes in between when Ram Mandir issue comes up. Just because Congress comes in the middle, people punished them by taking away the majority and giving you the power. However, we don’t see any Ram Mandir built by you so far,” Thackeray said.
Furthermore he asked, “Rs 15 lakh in accounts was a ‘jumla’ and now even this (Ram Temple) is a jumla? When we went to Ayodhya, people said,“ye to Bal Saheb ka ladka aaya hai, ye to Ram Mandir banake hi jayega”. If you’re making this issue also a jumla, how can you expect people to trust you?”
Thackeray’s reaction comes nearly a month after Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal United (JD-U) patron Nitish Kumar stated that the century old Ayodhya matter should be solved through a court decision or mutual understanding.
Echoing Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan’s views, Kumar asserted that development was the key for winning 2019 parliamentary elections. Notably, Paswan had cautioned the BJP and had asked it focus on the development plank rather than Ayodhya dispute.