Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray, who has tried to embarrass the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Ram mandir issue, has been denied to address a rally in Ayodhya. Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has not yet given a green signal to the rally of Thackeray.
On the other hand, Sena defended itself saying, they had not planned to hold any public rally. From day one, Sena leaders, including Sanjay Raut, party spokesperson and Member of Rajya Sabha (RS) have emphasised, Uddhav will perform a pooja on the banks of Sarayu river on November 24. The next day Sena will perform pooja of lord Ram and later will hold a rally near the disputed site. Along with Raut, another RS member Anil Desai and party secretary Milind Narvekar, have been given the responsibility to plan this Ayodhya trip. According to Sena sources, Raut and Narvekar met Ram Naik, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh and urged him to get permission for the public rally by the state government.
Sena sources claimed their party hijacked the issue of Ram mandir from BJP and alleged BJP is feeling insecure with Uddhav in Ayodhyay. “The Ram mandir issue is an emotional issue for Hindus which will play a crucial roled in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. This issue may benefit Sena instead of the BJP and that is why the BJP ruled UP government is not ready to give us the permission,” claimed a Sena leader.
After Uddhav announced of his plans to visit Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) too said they would organise a pooja in Ayodhya on the same day. Accusing Sena for politicising the temple issue, Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, the supreme body of Hindu priests, have rejected the invitation sent to them by the Sena. Mahant Narendra Giri, the president of Akhada Parishad said, “Both Sena and the VHP are interested in politics instead of constructing the Ram mandir.” The Akhada Parishad has called a joint meeting of Iqbal Ansari and other Muslim priests to come to a consensus on the temple issue, on December 4-5.