In a fresh rift with its NDA ally, Shiv Sena on Saturday flayed BJP chief Nitin Gadkari for his appeal to Muslims to adopt a "generous" attitude on the Ram temple issue, saying it was an insult to hundreds of kar sevaks who became "martyrs" in the movement.
"Appealing to Muslims (to help in building Ram temple) is an insult to hundreds of kar sevaks who became martyrs during the Ram temple agitation," Sena chief Bal Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
He made a "sincere appeal" to BJP that it should stick to the Hindutva ideology.
"The Prime Minister of this country says Muslims have the first right over India's resources and 80 crore Hindus tolerate it meekly. Muslims have everything and Hindus don't even have their Ram temple. Things have come to such a level that Hindus have to plead to Muslims (to allow Ram temple)," Thackeray said.
"Gadkari has appealed to Muslims. Exactly to whom has he appealed because the leadership of radical and jehadi Muslims is no longer in India but in Pakistan, where terror outfits wield the remote, dictating Muslims in India what to do and how to behave," the Sena chief, who belongs to Gadkari's home state, said.
Thackeray asked, "If permission of Muslims is to be sought for building the Ram temple, why was the temple agitation launched in the first place?"
"Hindus could have fallen at the feet of the Imam of Jama Masjid and got a piece of land for Ram temple. It was easily possible. But Hindus have shed blood for the Ram temple," he said.