Aaditya to Ayodhya: ‘Here as devotee of Ram, not for politics’

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On his second visit to Ayodhya after becoming a Maharashtra government minister, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said on Wednesday that his visit should not be related to politics as he had come to seek Lord Ram’s blessings.

Expressing his wish to establish “Ram Rajya in order to better serve the people”, the 32-year-old son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said his party was associated with the Ayodhya movement and Ram Temple, with Shri Ram being in their heart. “Ayodhya is the center of faith in India. In 2018 we gave this slogan – first temple, then government. After Shiv Sena’s slogan, the way for the construction of the temple was cleared. Now the temple of Ram is being built by order of the Supreme Court… We are connected to this place, its people here, and Bhagwan Shri Ram is in our hearts… We have to establish Ram Rajya so that we can better serve the people,” he said.

“Our visit (to Ayodhya) is not related to any election. Moreover, it is not a political question. For us it is a matter of faith,” said Thackeray, who was accompanied by party leaders Sanjay Raut and Eknath Shinde to the media, before heading to Hanumangarhi to offer the puja.

Thackeray’s descendant’s visit to the temple city is significant as the BJP, an ally turned rival, has accused the Shiv Sena of abandoning the cause of Hindutva by joining the
Congress and NCP to form the government of Maharashtra.

Moreover, Aaditya Thackeray’s visit comes days after Maharashtra Chief Navnirman Sena (MNS) and his uncle, Raj Thackeray, canceled his trip to Ayodhya citing health reasons. The MNS leader also accused the Sena of abandoning the cause of Hindutva.

While the BJP took credit for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Aaditya said, “We (Shiv Sena) had asked for a special law to build the Ram Temple, but it did not happen at the time. Parliament. But after the Supreme Court decision, the temple is currently under construction. We are happy and moving forward. »

During his visit to Ayodhya in 2018, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray attacked the Narendra Modi government for the delay in building the Ram temple at the disputed site and called for legislation or an order to build the temple. .

Aaditya Thackeray, meanwhile, said there was “absolute clarity” in the Hindutva of Shiv Sena. While reciting a chaupai, Thackeray said that whatever promises his party made in the election, he keeps them.
Declining to comment on Shiv Sena’s stance on the ongoing legal proceedings in the Gyanvapi and Mathura temple cases, Aaditya said he dismissed reports that a section of Ayodhya priests opposed his visit. “All the saints, priests and public in Ayodhya welcomed me. I visit Ayodhya as a devotee and not for politics,” he said.

On the Law Enforcement Directorate questioning Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Aaditya said, “All central agencies have become prachar sahitya (publicity).”
Later, Aaditya Thackeray held a meeting with party officials and participated in an “aarti” on the banks of the Sarayu River. He arrived in Lucknow around 11 a.m. from where he joined Ayodhya by road. According to party officials, more than 1,000 Shiv Sainiks reached the temple town during his visit.

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