Uddhav Thackeray questions whether Ram temple promise is another 'jumla' of Modi govt
"Rs 15 lakh in accounts was a 'jumla' and now even this (Ram temple) is a jumla? When we went to Ayodhya, people said,"ye to Bal Saheb ka ladka aaya hai, ye to Ram Mandir banake hi jayega". If you are making this issue also a jumla, how can you expect people to trust you?" he asked.
"They (BJP) say Congress comes in between when the Ram Mandir issue comes up. Just because Congress comes in the middle, people punished them by taking away the majority and giving you the power. However, we don't see any Ram Mandir built by you so far," said Thackeray.
Shiv Sena is a constituent of the NDA and part of BJP-led governments at the centre and in Maharashtra.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Modi, while addressing the BJP national council meeting at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, had accused the Congress of creating obstacles in the resolution of the Ayodhya issue. Furthermore, the Prime Minister said the Congress did not want a solution in the matter.
In November last year, Thackeray had visited Ayodhya to "wake up the central government" and initiate the construction of the Ram temple. Furthermore, he had said no talks would be held on any other issues, including an alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, unless and until the Centre fixes a date to begin construction of the temple.
"When I was coming here (Ayodhya), some people asked me why you want to come here. Is there politics behind this because elections are near? My answer is quite simple. We recall those, whom we forget. I am not here to do politics. Today is an important day in my life. Every Hindu wants the Ram temple to be made. Today I have come here to wake up Kumbhakarna. Kumbhakarna was not just a part of Ramayana; he is there today also. Kumbhakarna used to sleep for six months in Ramayana, but present-day Kumbhakarna has been sleeping for four years. So, I have come here to wake him up," Thackeray had said during his visit to Ayodhya.
"We want the date when the temple will be made. First, tell us when you will make the temple, then we can talk on other things. Today I want the date. I don't want to take credit for the construction of Ram temple, we want a date," he had emphasised.