While the Shiv Sena is mounting pressure on the BJP for building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, it is also eyeing on the Chief Ministerial post. On Monday, senior BJP leader and finance minister of Maharashtra, Sudhir Mungantiwar said that even though the BJP and Shiv Sena will fight the elections together but BJP will get the CM post, however, according to reports, Sena chief Uddhav Thackery has expressed his disappointment on such a statement.
As per sources, Sena wants to share the CM-post if the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is voted back to power in the assembly elections. Sources said that in the alliance deal, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis had agreed that the CM post will be shared by both the parties for 2.5 years each.
In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 23 seats and Shiv Sena won 18 seats. In the last assembly elections, the Shiv Sena contested 282 seats and won only 65 while the BJP won 122 seats out of contested 260. However, sources said that tensions are mounting within the Sena as assembly elections approach in the state.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader and Saamna editor, Sanjay Raut has said that as promised to visit Ram Lalla after winning the election, Shiv Sena was keeping up its commitment as it cannot forget Ram Lalla after asking votes based on that issue, speaking to ANI.
"If we visit there (Ayodhya), then the construction work of the temple will begin quicker. 2014 we had promised building the temple. We won a majority and yet could not build the temple. Again in 2019, we have asked votes based on the Ram Temple issue. Before the elections along with Uddhav Thackrey we had visited Ayodhya, conducted a lot of programs and said that post the election victory we will come to get darshan of Ram Lalla. After winning the election, we cannot forget Ram Lalla and Ayodhya. It is our commitment," he said.
Following Shiv Sena's announcement to visit Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has announced on Thursday, a two-day Ayodhya Mandir Conclave to be held in Haridwar, as per reports. Sources have also reported that the conclave dates have tentatively fixed at June 19-20, in Haridwar. In an earlier meeting of saints in Ayodhya, the issue of Ram Mandir was allegedly raised.
Speaking to Republic TV, Vinod Bansal from VHP has said that the agenda of the meeting is to discuss how to speedily progress in resolving the Ram Mandir issue and added that the entire world is looking at the BJP government to honour their commitment to build a temple as stated in their manifesto.
"The Mandir issue will be pushed through the courts only and will be mediated in conversation with all parties. Whether the issue is resolved by the government or the courts, both options are open. Saints just want a mandir to be built in a grand fashion at the same place," he said.