Shiv Sena on Monday once again raised the Ram temple issue and demanded that Centre must bring an "ordinance" for the same.
“We demand that like you (centre) made a law on Triple Talaq and brought an amendment in SC/ST Act, bring an ordinance for Ayodhya Ram temple. There's majority in Lok Sabha and state assembly and we have our President to sign ordinance. So instead of talking, bring the ordinance,” ANI quoted party leader Sanjay Raut as saying.
Recently, Sena announced that its chief Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ayodhya after Dussehra to reaffirm his party's commitment to the issue. A day after Ram Janmabhoomi Trust chief Janmejay Sharanji Maharaj met Thackeray, Sena made the announcement.
At the party's annual Dussehra rally to be held in Mumbai on October 19, Thackeray will announce the date of his visit to Ayodhya, said Raut.
The Shiv Sena is of the view that if Ram temple is not constructed now, then it cannot be constructed ever, he said.
"The Sena has always championed the cause of Ram temple in Ayodhya. The BJP, despite being in power for four years, has not yet fulfilled its commitment of building a grand Ram temple there," Raut said.
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Shiv Sena sources said that Sharanji Maharaj invited Thackeray to visit Ayodhya, telling him that the trust needed the Sena's assistance for the construction of Ram temple.
Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya has been one of the core issues of the BJP, which is an ally of the Shiv Sena. The Sena has often targeted the BJP for "delaying" the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya despite having a majority.
(With inputs from agencies)