“People today are talking about construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya. This would not have been possible had the Shiv Sainiks not demolished the disputed mosque on December 6, 1992,” senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters here on Monday
He said the Union Government should bring a legislation regarding construction of Ram Temple and Shiv Sena will support them. “Shiv Sena is committed to the construction of Ram temple. We have struggled for it. Ram Mandir is not jumla for us as Shiv Sena believes that the Ram temple issue is not the subject of courts but of sentiments and national honour,” Raut said.
When asked how Modi government can get the legislation passed when it does not have the majority in Rajya Sabha, the Shiv Sena leader said that the party has a majority in Lok Sabha. First it should get it passed from the Lower House. Then we will see what can be done for Rajya Sabha, he said.
“It is up to Modi to bring legislation and then Yogi will have to ensure proper construction of temple without hurting any sentiments of any section of the society,” he said but added that Ram Temple should not be an election issue.
Recently Raut had visited Ayodhya where he had discussions with various leaders on construction of Ram Temple. ‘I also had a meeting with the plaintiff from Muslim side Iqbal Ansari and had a very cordial meeting with him,’ he said.
He said party chief Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ayodhya on November 24 and will attend a programme at Lakshman Kila and attend ‘saryu aarti’. Uddhav will pay obeisance at Ram temple on November 25 and will participate in ‘jan samvad’ at Gulab Bari.
Thackeray was earlier supposed to come on November 25 but in view of proposed Dharam Sabha of VHP he pre-poned his visit.
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