MNS Chief Raj Thackeray Postpones His Ayodhya Visit

Mumbai: The much-anticipated Ayodhya visit of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has been postponed for the time being.

“For now, Ayodhya visit cancelled….Will speak about it at May 22 rally in Pune,” Raj Thackeray tweeted Friday morning.

MNS leaders said Raj Thackeray had suffered a leg injury one-and-a-half years ago and had undergone an operation for it. “During his two-day visit to Pune earlier this week, our party chief complained of severe pain and had to return to Mumbai. Now after consulting doctors, he is likely to undergo another operation,” an MNS leader said.

The MNS chief’s journey to Ayodhya sparked controversy after BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh from Uttar Pradesh spoke out against it, demanding an apology from Raj Thackeray for the 2008 assault on individuals from Uttar Pradesh and other North Indians in Mumbai. The demand has been ignored by Raj Thackeray.

On the other hand, the Shiv Sena said that party leader and Maha Vikas Aghadi minister Aditya Thackeray will visit Ayodhya on June 15 and will also pay a visit to the ISKCON temple.”Hundreds of Shiv Sainiks will be going to Ayodhya on June 15 under the leadership of Aditya Thackeray. There is no politics behind this. This is an issue of our faith. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also visited Ayodhya in the past and will also visit in future as well. Shiv Sena shares a special bond with Ayodhya,” said Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut.

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