Ahead of the Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray's visit to Ayodhya, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday made a plea to the Supreme Court to deploy army in the city, stating the reason that he had no faith in BJP. Responding to his, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during a press briefing on Friday, refuted his statement about 'unrest' in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya and asserted that there is no need for the deployment of Army in the state or anywhere in the country at present.
"I don't know on what basis Akhilesh ji is saying this. Yogi ji is doing well in Uttar Pradesh. There is no such situation in Ayodhya to deploy an Army. In fact, there is no such situation in anywhere in the country," said the Raksha Mantri, answering to the questions of the reporter.
Earlier speaking to the media, Akhilesh Yadav had 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," he said.
Akhilesh Yadav also condemned the BJP and urged people to respect and faith in 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.”
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.
Hoping to make Uddhav Thackeray's visit a grand affair, thousands of Shiv Sainiks have made a movement to accompany the leader. Senior Shiv Sena leader and Minister in the Fadnavis cabinet, Eknath Shinde booked a special express train for Ayodhya. More than 1800 Party members, MLAs and Members of parliament boarded the train to Ayodhya.