The Shiv Sena today charged that “lack of political will” was delaying the building of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should stop doing “political nautanki” (drama) over the matter while keeping a gun on shoulders of the Congress.
Taking potshots at PM Modi for his “56-inch chest” remark made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it said the Congress did not have the courage to construct the Ram Temple, so it was thrown out of power, and a man with a “56-inch chest” was given the keys to the administration.
“Yet, if you look the Congress in water, on land, and in the air, people will once again have to measure your chest size. If Ram continues to live in ‘vanvaas’ (exile) then stop your political ‘nautanki’,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.
In 2014 Lok Sabha poll campaign, PM Modi had said that a “56-inch chest” was needed to tackle Pakistan.
On PM’s charge that the Congress was making hurdles in the court’s process, the Sena said, “Modi has to stop leveling allegations against the Gandhi family and the Congress. You were not given the power to keep cribbing about such challenges. The Congress and the Samajwadi Party were ousted because of their hurdles in the building of Ram Temple. So, stop blaming Congress now”.
“Did demonetization not happen despite opposition from the Congress? Did you not make government in Jammu and Kashmir with (People’s Democratic Party chief) Mehbooba Mufti despite hurdles from the Congress? Then what is the hurdle in (construction of) Ram temple?” it asked.
Contrary to BJP’s claims, it is not the Congress, but a “lack of political will” that is the massive hurdle in the temple’s construction, claimed the Sena, which is an ally of the ruling BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
“What is (Congress chief) Rahul Gandhi’s importance? What strength does the Congress have? Then why give it so much value? If you play politics on the temple while keeping the gun on the Congress’ shoulders, you will disappear. Ram temple was not Congress’, but BJP’s promise,” it said.
It also commented that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya has fulfilled one objective – those who were sleeping over the issue did not turn but at least have opened their eyes and understood that ‘jumlebaazi’ (rhetoric) will not work as far as the Ram Temple is concerned.
Mr. Thackeray had given prayers at the Ram Lalla Temple in Ayodhya on Sunday and said the BJP government at the Centre “may not last” if the temple was not constructed.
He had demanded that an ordinance is brought in to pave way for the temple’s construction, warning that emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted.