Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Supreme Court for his party on the Ram temple issue because the country had elected him with an overwhelming majority.
Speaking to reporters here, Raut said: "The auspicious time has arrived. Soon the construction of the Ram temple will begin in Ayodhya under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. This is not a fight for taking credit. We will listen to Modiji because the country has elected him. He is our Supreme Court."
Asserting that a grand Ram temple will soon be a reality in Ayodhya, Raut said, "The BJP cannot keep asking people for votes in the name of the Ram temple year after year. It is Ram Lalla's blessings that resulted in the overwhelming mandate for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha elections," he said.
The Shiv Sena leader's comments came ahead of his party chief Uddhav Thackeray's visit to Ayodhya. Thackeray and his party's newly elected MPs are scheduled to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya on June 16.
"They will thank Ram Lalla for making Shiv Sena the largest party in the NDA after the BJP," said Raut.