Mumbai: MNS takes dig at Uddhav Thackeray over Ram temple, poses 10 questions

Mumbai: In a dig at Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over his pitch for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Saturday put up a poster outside its office, ‘Sena Bhavan’, posing 10 questions to the ruling party. Thackeray, addressing the party’s annual Dussehra rally in central Mumbai on October 18, had made a strong pitch for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and said he would visit the Uttar Pradesh town on November 25 and ‘question’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.

“I will go to Ayodhya on November 25. I will ask the Prime Minister questions (over the alleged delay in constructing the temple)… We are not enemies of the Prime Minister, but we don’t want to play with the emotions of the people,” Thackeray told a huge gathering of the party workers. The MNS, after extending its best wishes for the construction of Ram temple, asked whether Maharashtra would be turned into a pothole-free state and if inflation would decrease.

It also sought to know whether women in the state would be safer and if the unemployed would get employment. The MNS also asked if farmer suicides would stop and if they would receive the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce. The Raj Thackeray-led party further asked whether steps would be taken to eradicate drought in the state and if encroachments on vacant lands would stop.

The MNS, referring to the party’s threats to walk out of the government, also asked whether the resignations in the pockets of ministers would ever come out.  When asked for his comment, MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande said that the questions had been raised in the interest of common man.

“How has the issue of visiting and building a Ram temple in Ayodhya suddenly cropped up before elections? Even if it did, what happened to the promises made to people about good governance by BJP and Sena?” he questioned.  The MNS spokesperson asked whether building a Ram temple in Ayodhya would solve the issues plaguing the common man.

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