Uttar Pradesh: Ahead of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya, on June 16, to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple, his party leader Sanjay Raut said the Ram temple will be constructed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
He said Mr.Thackeray, who will be joined by 18 newly elected party MPs, is fulfilling the promise he had made in November that he would visit again after elections and asserted that his party has “not sought votes in the name of Ram and will not do so in future”.
Maharashtra will be going to polls later this year. The visit is being seen as an attempt by the Shive Sena to put pressure on ally BJP. But Sena has maintained that Mr.Thackeray’s visit should not be seen through the electoral lens.
“Ramlala is not a subject for politics but it is matter of our faith. We have not sought votes in the name of Ram and will not do so in future. When he [Uddhav] visited Ayodhya in November he promised to come again after elections. He is fulfilling his promise,” Mr. Raut said at a press conference.
On construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Mr.Raut said, “It will be constructed in Modi and Yogi’s leadership. The BJP will decide on it. The majority in 2019 is for construction of Ram temple. In Rajya Sabha too we will get majority by 2020.”
Mr.Thackeray, who will be reaching Ayodhya on Sunday morning, will offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple, address a press conference and leave later in the evening.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Ayodhya on last Friday to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple.