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Updated December 30th, 2023 at 15:00 IST

'Lord Ram Will be BJP's LS Candidate': Raut

BJP will soon announce Lord Ram as their candidate for 2024 Lok Sabha elections, said Sanjay Raut.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Sanjay Raut
संजय राउत के खिलाफ केस दर्ज | Image:ANI
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Ram  Mandir latest news today: Amid the ongoing controversy over the invitation for the Ram Temple 'Pran Pratishta' ceremony, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday sharpened his attack on BJP and said that the 'party will soon announce Lord Ram as their candidate for 2024 Lok Sabha elections'. Raur made the remarks while speaking to reporters who asked him questions about the invitation to the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple. "Now, the only thing left is that the BJP will announce that Lord Ram will be their candidate for the elections", said the Sena leader. 

When asked if Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will attend the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony, Raut stated that Thackeray would attend but only after the conclusion of the BJP's event.“Uddhav Thackeray will definitely go but only after the BJP's event gets over. Why should one go to a BJP event? It is not a national event. The BJP is holding rallies and campaigning a lot for this function but where is the purity in it,” he said.

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Meanwhile, preparations for the consecration ceremony are in full swing in Ayodhya.  Earlier Raut had said that his party workers are not going to attend the Ayodhya Ram Mandir opening ceremony.

"They have an advertising system according to which they work. They are extremely good at advertising things. Ayodhya Ram Mandir opening ceremony is a way to distract people of the country from real issues like unemployment, inflation, Kashmir, and Manipur. This is all politics, who wants to attend an event by the BJP? This is not a national event. This is BJP's program; this is BJP's rally. 'Usme pavitrata kahan hai?'...We will visit (Ayodhya) after BJP's program is over" the UBT Sena MP added.

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Raut further added that the Shiv Sena has given blood for the Ram Mandir movement. Balasaheb Thackrey and thousands of Shiv saniks have contributed to it.

"Why are the opposition leaders across the country being asked if they have been invited or not. If this program was of the temple administration, then the ceremony of Ram Temple would have been different. BJP is in power there. I feel that Lord Shri Ram has been kidnapped in a way" Sanjay Raut said.

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Published December 30th, 2023 at 15:00 IST

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