Shiv Sena chief tells RSS the Union government should be brought down if it fails to get the temple built.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to the Rashtriya Swayam-sevak Sangh (RSS) to put pressure on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government to build the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
He said that the RSS had worked hard to get a government concerned about Hindu rights at the Centre, and that the government should be brought down if it fails to build the temple. Mr Thackeray also asked his party workers to take this issue to the people. The Sena chief is scheduled to visit Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on November 25.
“For the first time, a government with a Hindu political view has come to the power with a complete majority. This government has been brought there by the RSS. I want to tell the RSS people that if this government fails to build the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, bring this down,” said Mr Thackeray.
The Sena chief declared that he would visit the controversial Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. His party colleagues have reached Ayodhya to prepare for his visit.
On Friday, Mr Thackeray met his party MLAs and district unit chiefs.
Sources said that he asked his party workers to raise the Ram Mandir issue at the local level in the coming days.
The Sena is trying to make a big show of the Ram Mandir issue in Ayodhya. “All of the party’s MLAs and other leaders will join Mr Thackeray in Ayodhya. As the BJP is all set to make this an election issue, the Sena is preparing ground for Hindu votes to remain with it in the event of an independent contest. So, the party will make more noise on the issue than the BJP,” said a senior Sena MLA.