Responding to the Ram Mandir issue, Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav has given out a statement, asking leaders to abide by the verdict of Supreme Court.
Speaking to the media, Akhilesh Yadav has condemned the BJP and has urged people to respect the Supreme Court verdict, saying, “No one is above the Supreme Court and everybody should respect its decision. But BJP won’t trust Supreme Court, neither do they have any faith in the judiciary and the Constitution.”
He further accused BJP of leveraging the Ram Mandir issue for their political gain: “BJP can go to any point for their own benefit. With the kind of atmosphere in Faizabad, Ayodhya, the Supreme Court should take steps if required to deploy army there to maintain peace because BJP can go to any extent.”
While Yadav blames the BJP for leveraging the Mandir issue for their benefit, the Shiv Sena too is accusing BJP, but for not building the temple.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's statement follows hot on the heels of Sena's Sanjay Raut issuing shocking dare to the government, saying 'It took 17 minutes to destroy the Babri Masjid, how long will it take to bring an ordinance to build the Mandir?'
Earlier, Uddhav Thackeray, who is leading the Shiv Sena to Ayodhya, took a jibe at BJP and said the Ram temple issue is raked up before every election, asking how long will people be 'fooled' with the 'mandir wahi banayenge' slogan.
Thackeray said that during his visit to Ayodhya on November 25, he would "seek an answer" as to how many more elections will people be fooled with the slogan. The Sena chief collected soil from Shivneri fort in Junnar tehsil of Pune district, where Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born. He told reporters that he will carry the soil to Ayodhya during his visit on Sunday, November 25.
At the moment, Shiv Sena's movement 'Chalo Ayodhya' to build the Ram Mandir has gained momentum, as the Party is traveling in numbers to Ayodhya with the motive to build the temple.
Thackeray had announced during the Shiv Sena's Dussehra rally in Mumbai that he will visit Ayodhya on November 25 and "question" Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of the construction of the Ram temple.
"The soil where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born carries with it sentiments of all Hindus and collecting these sentiments will speed up the process of the construction of Ram temple," he said.