With only a few days left for the assembly elections in Maharashtra to commence, Shiv Sena has started its politics around Ram Mandir. Even as the Sena has time and again clarified that Ram Mandir is not a political issue, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on September 15 met all Sena MPs and MLAs at Matoshree and has reportedly told them to be prepared for building Ram Mandir. The meeting that was called to review the poll preparedness of the party mentioned Ram Mandir as a prominent issue, as per sources. Sources also told that the Sena chief has informed the party workers that the verdict of Ram Mandir will come soon as the Supreme Court is hearing the matter on a day-to-day basis. He has instructed the party cadres to be the first one to lay the brick of the Ram Mandir.
"From the first day, we are demanding Ram Mandir. You can recall when Babri was demolished Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray had taken responsibility. These things are going on since 1990-92.. For how many more years should we wait? We have been hearing that the case has come to the last stage. My request to the judiciary is please give the judgment asap. Beyond this, we expect from the government is that the way you took a decision about 370 in your capacity without waiting for court or here & there.. As we say Kashmir was, is & will remain an integral part of india.. The way you took a courageous decision about Kashmir same way you take a courageous decision about Ram Mandir," Uddhav Thackeray said.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, his son Aaditya Thackeray, along with 18 party MPs visited Ayodhya in June and offered prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple. During their visit, the Sena chief has said, "Ram temple has to be constructed at the earliest. PM Modi has the courage and the Hindus of the whole world are with him. The government should bring an ordinance for construction of Ram temple and we will support it." The Sena Chief also demnaded an ordinance to built the temple, if needed.
Sena MP Sanjay Raut before the Ayodya visit had said that the Ram temple will be constructed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Raut had added that Uddhav Thackeray is fulfilling the promise he made in November that he would visit again after elections and asserted that his party has "not sought votes in the name of Ram and will not do so in future".
In a massive setback to the Ayodhya land dispute, the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on August 2 declared that the Ayodhya mediation panel headed by Justice FM Kalifulla, senior advocate Sriram Panchu and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has failed. The court then began day-to-day hearings from August 6. Earlier, the three-member Ayodhya mediation panel submitted its status report to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover, complying to the orders of the apex court earlier on July 11. The apex court then declared that mediation has failed.