In a bid to pressurize the BJP government at the Centre for the quick construction of Ram Mandir, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray collected soil from Shivneri Fort, birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, on Thursday before making way for his visit to Ayodhya. Uddhav, along with his party workers, visited the Fort in the morning, wherein they collected the soil before heading for station, wherein they will take a train to Lord Ram's birthplace.
Speaking to the media about his decision to visit Ayodhya, the Shiv Sena chief said, "This soil is not just mud but the sentiments of the entire Hindu community and when the sentiments of Hindus unite, definitely the process of constructing the Ram mandir will find speed. And it will be built as soon as possible. Some seers over there are going to give me their blessings, and to seek those blessings I am going over there. In the evening, I will take part in the aarti of the Sharayu river. On 25th, I will be going to the Mandir, I will take darshan of Lord Ram and will return back. I have announced that the Ram mandir issue is only spoken about during elections but when is the temple going to be constructed? How many elections more are you going to fool the people by saying - we will build the temple there, we will build the temple there. I want these answers."
Ever since the Supreme Court bench, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi adjourned the hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit in October to the first week of January, voices have grown stronger demanding quick resolution on this matter.
On 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.
Here's the complete schedule of Shiva Sena chief's visit to Ayodhya -
5.15 pm: Saryu aarti at 'Naya Ghat'
9:00 am: Visit Ram Janmabhumi
12:00 pm- Press Conference
1:00 pm - Public rally