Amidst Political Impasse, Uddhav Thackeray Postpones Ayodhya Trip

AYODHYA || With the picture on government formation in Maharashtra far from clear, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray has reportedly shelved his programme to visit the temple town of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, scheduled for November 24.

Soon after the Supreme Court (SC) ruled in favour of the Hindus and gave the 2.77 acres of disputed land to the presiding deity of Ram Lalla, Thackeray had announced that he would visit Ayodhya on November 24 and pay obeisance at the makeshift Ram temple.

Welcoming the decision of the apex court, the Shiv Sena chief had also said that decades of struggle of the Hindus was finally over and that the dream of millions had been fulfilled now.

His father Bala Saheb Thackeray was a vocal and strong votary of the Ram temple and had openly acknowledged the role of the Shiv Sainik in razing the 16th-century Babri mosque in 1992.

Sources, however, said that with strained ties with its 30-year-old alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party and the ongoing deliberations with Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) the scheduled trip to Ayodhya had been put off for now. District authorities in Ayodhya also ruled out any knowledge of the proposed visit of the Shiv Sena chief.

We have not such information or programme communicated to us,” a senior district official told The News Agency on phone. Uddhav, along with his son Aditya had visited Ayodhya earlier on June 16 to put pressure on the central government to bring out legislation favouring early construction of a grand Ram temple at the disputed site.

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