You have a majority, announce Ram temple date now: Uddhav Thackeray dares BJP government from Ayodhya
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday dared the BJP government to announce a date for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.Updated: Nov 24, 2018, 17:34 IST
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday dared the BJP government to announce a date for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, asking how much longer the people will have to wait for the temple.
“The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was a coalition one and had compulsions. Your government has full majority. Bring an ordinance or law, whatever you want, but announce a date now,” he demanded from the Narendra Modi administration.
“The Kumbhkaran slept for six months. But this Kumbhkaran (Modi government) has been sleeping for the past four years. I have not come here to fight with anyone or take credit for construction of Ram Mandir. You (BJP) construct the temple and take credit,” he said, adding that he will support the move.
The Shiv Sena chief also taunted the Narendra Modi government mentioning demonetisation, saying the government did not wait for the court order to announce the note ban decision. “Now why are you waiting for the court order on Ram temple?” he asked.
“Vajpayee had once said ‘Ab Hindu maans nahi kayega’ (Now, the Hindu will not eat meat). Now I say ‘Ab Hindu chup nahi baithega’ (Now, the Hindu will not sit quiet),” he roared, as supporters chanted “Har Hindu ki yahi pukar, pehle mandir fir sarkar” (this is every Hindu’s call – first temple, then government).
Uddhav’s visit is part of Sena’s campaign ahead of the elections next year for the building of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, where lakhs of kar sevaks had razed the Babri Masjid 26 years ago claiming that a temple dedicated to Lord Ram had been razed to build the mosque.
After the Supreme Court pushed the next hearing of the dispute to January 2019, several BJP leaders and saffron groups have demanded a law to build the temple.
The Shiv Sena, which is part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) but has had strained ties with ally BJP, has demanded that the Centre come out with an ordinance and declare a date for the construction of the Ram temple. It has claimed the support of more than 400 members of Parliament cutting across party lines for the ordinance.