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Uddhav Thackeray’s Ayodhya visit is an attempt to polarise votes: Ashok Chavan

Ashok Chavan

Mumbai | Maharashtra Congress president and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday alleged that Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit is just an attempt to polarise votes in the upcoming elections.

Addressing a press conference, Chavan claimed that the issue is just been raised for political benefits. He said,” Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya on Nov 25 makes no sense. People realise that there are elections in 5 states and this is just an attempt to polarise votes. People realise that this issue has been raised only for political benefits.”

Speaking on Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ decision to withdraw cases against Right-wing leader Sambhaji Bhide, Chavan said,” Many cases against BJP-Sena workers have been withdrawn by the present government. Cases against Sambhaji Bhide and 6 people in the Bhima-Koregaon riots case has also been withdrawn”. “But crime against youth in aggregate Maratha community who agitated for accepting social demands have not been withdrawn,” he added.

Earlier on the occasion of the annual Dusshera Rally in Mumbai, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray had announced his visit to Ayodhya on 25 November. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP he said,“Either build the Ram temple at Ayodhya or declare it is a ‘jumla’, I will go there on 25 November.” Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on 29 October adjourned the hearing of the decade-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute till January 2019.

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