Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief, visited Ayodhya on Sunday and offered prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple. Thackeray arrived in the temple town along with his son Aaditya and met the 18 newly elected party MPs who are in the town since Saturday. Thackeray, Aaditya and the MPs all paid obeisance at the makeshift temple. The Shiv Sena chief will leave for Mumbai later in the evening.
At a press meet in Ayodhya, Uddhav Thackeray said, "From tomorrow Lok Sabha Session will begin so before entering the Parliament all Shiv Sena MPs have come here to take the blessings of Ram Lalla. We strongly believe that temple will be constructed at the earliest." He also said that the Ram temple has to be constructed at the earliest. PM Modi has the courage and Hindus of the whole world are with him. The government should bring in an ordinance for the construction of the Ram temple here.
Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya is being seen an attempt by the Shiv Sena to put a pressure on ally BJP on the Ram temple issue. However, the Shiv Sena has maintained that Thackeray’s visit should not be seen as a through the electoral lens. Maharashtra will be going to polls later this year.
Party leader Sanjay Raut had said on Saturday that Thackeray is fulfilling the promise he made in November that he would visit the temple again after elections.
(With agency inputs)