Uddhav Thackeray
Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: After the snub from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, Uddhav Thackeray climbed down on his demand for a special law to build Ram temple instead of waiting for Court judgement. Stressing that he believes in the judiciary, he made it clear that he was not ‘Bayan-Bahadur (loud mouth)’. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked "loudmouths" to refrain from making

statements on the Ram Temple issue while the judicial process is on, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said his party's stand on the issue mirrored "sentiments of Hindus".

"I am amazed at the 'bayan bahadurs and badbo le' (loudmouths) on the Ram Mandir issue. Every one in the country respects the Supreme Court. The apex court is hearing the case. I want to tell these people with folded hands to have faith in the judicial system," Modi said at a rally in Nashik

on Thursday.

Asked for his reaction on the PM's remarks, Thackeray, a BJP ally, said, "Who was he (Modi) referring to? I am not indulging in `bayan-baazi'. I am just highlighting the sentiments of Hindus."

While Modi did not name anyone, a section of the media claimed that it was a rap on the knuckles for the ally Sena, which is often seen taking a strident stand on the Ayodhya issue, seeking an ordinance to construct the temple.

Thackeray said that during his visit to Ayodhya, he had demanded that the (Union) government show courage and "intervene" if there was delay in the court order.

"If the prime minister feels the verdict will be out soon and we have to be more patient and wait, it is fair enough. The decision of judiciary always makes happy," the Sena chief added.

Stressing that his party had faith in the apex court, Thackeray added, "But this case is pending in the court for several years. I had gone to Ayodhya last year, and even now, before the (Maharashtra) Assembly polls, I have a wish to go to the temple town again."

"I am not announcing anything (about visit to Ayodhya) as I haven't decided as yet," he added.

On being asked if the PM's praise of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for providing a stable government despite not having a majority was attempted put-down for the Sena, Thackeray said the remarks were in the context of no party crossing the halfway mark in 2014 Assembly polls.

"Shiv Sena has never betrayed the government. It has given full support and participation in development works over five years," he said, adding that "There was a brief period when Sena ministers threatened to resign.”

Thackeray went on to claim that the aborted Nanar refinery project was dropped because of the Sena's opposition, and the Aarey metro car shed plan, also opposed by his party, would not affect the alliance with the BJP.

"Nanar refinery issue is a closed chapter. We opposed the project because locals didn't want it. I don't think there is any change in the mindset of the people. We are not opposing the metro project or the car shed. The only thing is that we don't want it in Aarey forest," Thackeray said.

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