After the rail route, Shiv Sena party members are taking the air-way to reach Ayodhya in numbers to take their Ram Temple aspirations forwards, with the slogan- “Pehele Mandir, fir Sarkar” (First the temple, and then government)
Republic TV got on the plane from Mumbai to Lucknow, which was occupied by 70% Shiv Sena members traveling to the birthplace of Lord Ram, Ayodhya.
Echoing chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram,’ the devotees and members of the Party were traveling with a purpose to fulfill their dreams of constructing a Ram Mandir that was promised by the BJP party during their election campaign in 2014. The members on board resonated with the ideologies of Shiv Sena Party Chief Uddhav Thackeray who has over and over again persuaded the issue of building a temple
According to reports, 5000 Shiv Sena members are planning to reach Ayodhya, in an attempt to solidify their demand and pressurize the Centre.
A few days back, two trains occupied by Shiv Sena members went to Ayodhya, one from Mumbai and the other from Nasik.
Along with the other members, Mayor of Mumbai was also present on the flight, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, “Exemplifying the nation’s emotion of building a Ram Mandir, we are off to Ayodhya to seek blessings of Lord Ram.”
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on November 18 sought to intensify the party's campaign for Ram temple in Ayodhya by giving a new slogan which called for the construction of temple before government.
Thackeray held a meeting with senior party leaders to review preparations for his visit to Ayodhya on November 24 and 25. Sena leaders from outside Maharashtra too attended the meeting.
The party has often taunted its ally BJP over the saffron party's "failure" to construct the temple in the last four years despite coming to power. Thackeray also asked party workers to conduct a 'maha aarti' (grand puja) on November 24 all over the state as well as in other parts of the country where the Sena has a presence.
One of the solutions put in front of the Centre has been to bring in an ordinance in the parliament. And one of those endorsing this very idea was the Shiv Sena chief. In the aftermath of the court order, Uddhav also gave an ultimatum while confirming his visit to Ayodhya.
"I will go to Ayodhya as Balasaheb’s son and Shiv Sainik. 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," he added.