Mumbai, Nov 23: Days ahead of Uddhav Thackeray's visit to Ayodhya, Shiv Sena attacked PM Narendra Modi for delay in a bringing a law for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. In a threatening tone Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that "we brought down Babri in 17 minutes", so how much time does it take to enact a law? Raut also warned that those opposing the temple will not be allowed to roam freely in India.
"We brought down Babri in 17 minutes. Ram-bhakts (devotees) removed the blot that had been there for years, within minutes... toh kaagaz banane mein kitna waqt lagta hai(how much time does it take to draw up papers?) If you talk about an ordinance, then from the President's House Rashtrapati Bhavan to Uttar Pradesh, it is BJP all the way. What else do you want?", said Raut.
The comments came just ahead of VHP gathering in Ayodhya on Sunday. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is scheduled to visit Ayodhya on November 25 as part of his party's push to build a Ram temple there.
Earlier on Friday, Sena asked the BJP to come out with an ordinance and declare a date for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
While slamming the BJP, the Sena said those in power should be proud of Shiv Sainiks who had "destroyed Babur's raj in Ram Janmabhoomi." The Babri Masjid was built in Ayodhya n the orders of Mughal emperor Babur.
In an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Sena said it neither moves around with a begging bowl asking for votes in the name of Lord Ram nor does it indulge in "jumlebaazi" (rhetoric) during polls.
"Why did those, who call themselves pro-Hindutva, start getting a stomach ache when we announced our plans of going to Ayodhya? We are not going there for political purposes," the Sena said in the editorial.
It claimed the party had not given the slogan "Chalo Ayodhya", but Shiv Sainiks were going there for Lord Ram's darshan and also because Ayodhya is "nobody's private place".
"There is no Ram raj there now, but the raj of the Supreme Court. However, in 1992, Balasaheb's Shiv Sainiks had destroyed Babur's raj in Ram Janmabhoomi.
Instead of being scared and jealous of such Sainiks, those in power should be proud of them," the Sena editorial claimed. It further said that instead of casting aspersions on the motive of Sainiks going to Ayodhya, the government should declare a date for the construction of the temple and put all suspicions to rest.
"We ask you ask once again, why don't you declare a date for the construction of the Ram temple? If the issue of Ram temple goes out of your hands, in 2019, apart from your 'rozi-roti' (livelihood), many people's tongues too will become handicapped," the editorial warned.
"Instead of doing everything to stop the Sena, we ask again, why don't you come out with an ordinance and declare a date for the construction of the temple," the editorial stated.
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