New Delhi, November 22: In a fresh attack on PM Narendra Modi and BJP, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray mocked the two for delay in construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Upping the temple ante before elections, Uddhav connected Shivaji angle to Ram Temple to heat up the Hindu sentiments.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Thursday said the Ram temple issue is raked up before every election and wondered for how long will people be ‘fooled’ with the mandir wahi banayenge’slogan. Uddhav collected soil from Chhatrapati Shivaji’s birthplace on Thursday, which he will carry to Ayodhya.Thackeray said that during his visit to Ayodhya on November 25, he would “seek an answer” as to how many more elections will people be fooled with the slogan.The Sena chief collected soil from Shivneri fort in Junnar tehsil of Pune district, where Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born. He told reporters that he will carry the soil to Ayodhya during his visit on Sunday.Thackeray had announced during the Shiv Sena’s Dussehra rally in Mumbai that he will visit Ayodhya on 25 November and “question” Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of the construction of the Ram temple.“The soil where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born carries with it sentiments of all Hindus and collecting these sentiments will speed up the process of the construction of Ram temple,” he said.“The issue of Ram temple is raked up before every election. I will seek an answer as to for how many more elections will the people be fooled with the slogan mandir wahi banayenge,” he said.The slogan is used by Hindutva groups, who aim to build a Ram temple on the site of the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.Asked if permissions were granted for his public rally in Ayodhya, Thackeray said his original programme includes visit to the site to seek Lord Ram’s blessings, as announced in the rally.News24 Bureau/PTI