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BJP made the issue of Ram Mandir a game of football: Shiv Sena

Mumbai | Shiv Sena on Wednesday criticised the Narendra Modi led Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) for its views on the issue of construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

In its editorial mouthpiece ‘Samana’, Shiv Sena while responding to the statement of Keshav Prasad Maurya on Ram Mandir said that BJP has made the entire issue like a game of football. The party further alleged that Maurya’s statement is like putting sympathy on the wounds of the devotees.

Attacking BJP, the editorial further stated,”Maurya said if the matter is not resolved by the talks and the Supreme Court, then it will try to solve it through the Parliament. What’s new in that? The choice of negotiations and the Supreme Court was open in previous governments. These efforts continued even then. Congress and Samajwadi Party’s government could not build Ram temple. That is why people have given the opportunity to the BJP,” added Samana.

Questioning the government, Shiv Sena asked the government to clarify its stand on the issue.” Will, the government make a law regarding this?” questioned Sena. It further added that BJP got a majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and won the highest number of seats in Uttar Pradesh on the promise of construction of temple and with the Sena and several other parties wanting the temple to be built, the government should not have a problem in enacting a law for its construction. “Today you have a majority in Parliament. However, the picture for 2019 is uncertain,” said Shiv Sena.

Taking a dig at PM Modi, Shiv Sena said that prime minister wore a saffron turban while delivering the Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, even though ‘Lord Ram is still in exile’. “The Prime minister should say he will not wear a saffron turban till the Ram temple is constructed,” it added.


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