Amid the politics over Ram Mandir issue, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who is all set to visit Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on November 25 extending his support to the demand for construction of Ram Temple on the disputed land, has admitted that the party has consciously taken up the Ram Mandir issue ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. While addressing a public gathering, Uddhav Thackeray said,
"My Ayodhya tour is there, we will go on November 24 and will come back on the November 25. A lot of people have raised their eyebrows at this decision. I am going to talk about that when I will go there. Many political have directly questioned, why did you talk about Lord Ram during elections? I have purposefully taken this issue up during elections. They questioned us as to why all of a sudden, you are supporting the Ram Temple ahead of the elections. Everyone should be together to build Ram Temple. I want every Hindu to come together for the construction of Ram Temple. I will not answer the VHP right now. I will not go out of the boundaries here," said the Shiv Sena chief.
Uddhav Thackeray will be delivering a speech in Hindi in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, Shiv Sena sources have told Republic TV. Uddhav has worked on his spoken Hindi speaking skills ahead of the event
“I will go to Ayodhya as Balasaheb’s son and Shiv Sainik,” said Uddhav Thackeray while challenging the ruling government, saying, “Either you build Ram Temple or we will build. Don't underestimate Hindus. People will make you realise in coming days if you don't build Ram Mandir”
Uddhav’s rally has generated a lot of excitement in Shiv Sainiks as this would be Uddhav’s first speech in Hindi and that too outside of Maharashtra, Republic TV has learnt. Though Uddhav has good command over Marathi and Hindi language, Uddhav had never given a long speech in Hindi and again that too in front of a non-Marathi crowd.
Uddhav Thackeray will be the first member of the Thackeray family who will be visiting the disputed land.