‘First Temple, Then Government’: Thackeray to BJP, Over Ram Mandir

Thackeray said “First the temple and then the government,” before his visit to Ayodhya ahead of elections.

Published21 Nov 2018, 06:02 AM IST
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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be visiting Ayodhya before the elections to remind Bharatiya Janata Party about its Ram Mandir promise, he said on Tuesday, 20 November.

He plans to visit Ayodhya on 24 and 25 November.

According to a report by The Indian Express, although the Opposition parties called Thackery’s visit “stunts” ahead of elections, the Shiv Sena chief agreed that he is focusing on the issue because of elections.

“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.”
Uddhav Thackeray, Chief, Shiv Sena, told The Indian Express, at the inauguration of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

Ashok Chavan, president, Maharashtra Congress, alleged that Thackeray’s visit aims to polarise votes and is a politically motivated move.

With the visit, Thackeray has challenged the BJP government to build the ever-disputed ‘Ram Mandir’ in the next five months, reported The Indian Express.

He also came up with a slogan: “First the temple and then the government.”

“What had you (BJP) promised before the elections? It has been four-and-a-half-years now. If they can’t build the temple in the next five months, then the BJP should stop fooling people with false promises.”
Uddhav Thackeray, Chief, Shiv Sena, told The Indian Express.

This is not the first time Thackeray has called the BJP government out. Recently, he had criticised the government over the killing of tigress Avni and failing to fulfil its promise to build the Ram temple.

(With inputs from The Indian Express.)

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