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Uddhav Thackeray in Ayodhya today, Section 144 imposed as a precaution
Posted 24 Nov 2018 01:31 PM

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrives in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya Saturday for a two-day visit. He will take part in rituals near the Saryu river where he will address sainiks and others. He will visit the site of Ram temple in Ayodhya on Sunday. Uddhav is unlikely to hold a rally in the city. His visit comes amid a clamour among Hindu outfits to bring an Ordinance to build the Ram Temple.

The Sena is part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) but has had strained ties with ally BJP. It has demanded that the Centre promulgate an Ordinance and declare a date for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

“Uddhav will perform aarti at 5.15 pm on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya on November 24. All Sena shakhas across Maharashtra and party units across the country have been asked to perform aarti at the same time,” a Sena leader said. The local administration has imposed Section 144 in Ayodhya, restricting the assembly of more than four people, as a precautionary measure.

Earlier this week, Uddhav had said his trip to Ayodhya was to “remind BJP” of its poll promise. “Many are questioning why we (Shiv Sena) remembered Ram now, when the elections are nearing. Why should I hide it? I have taken up this issue because of the elections only. I am going to Ayodhya to remind the BJP about the promise,” he said.He coined a new slogan, “Har Hindu ki yahi pukar, pehle mandir fir sarkar” (This is every Hindu’s call — first comes the temple and then government).

Sena MP Sanjay Raut Wednesday assured Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that Uddhav’s visit will be peaceful and there will be no law and order problems from the sainiks. A team of senior Sena leaders, including cabinet ministers, have already reached the venue to oversee preparations.

Raut said, “The Sena leader will interact with the religious heads (sadhus). The purpose of the visit is to urge the government to build the Ram temple.” The party wants the government to bring in a legislation to facilitate the process of construction of the temple. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)has planned a public rally at Ayodhya Saturday.

The minister also said that the party has no issue if VHP or RSS takes lead in the Ram Temple case. “Sena has no problems if VHP or RSS takes lead in the Ram temple issue. We will lend our support. But nobody should forget the role of late Bal Thackeray who supported the BJP government after the Babri Masjid demolition and gave momentum to the Ram temple issue,” Raut added.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said his party is pushing for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya because it was promised by the BJP ahead of elections. “We have promised to the people of the country that once we come to power Ram mandir will be constructed at Ayodhya. We are forgetting that promise. Therefore, Uddhav ji has taken this initiative,” he said.

The Opposition had criticised Uddav’s plan to visit Ayodhya, calling it “stunts” ahead of the elections. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan had alleged that Uddhav’s visit is politically motivated and meant to polarise votes.

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