(UNI) “Build Ram Mandir, or Stay at Home” – is the new jibe from Shiv Sena to its ally BJP on the long pending Ram Temple issue at Ayodhya.
“Action lena padega, Mandir banana padega….. nahi toh ghar baithna padega (You will have to construct the Ram Temple or else you will be forced to stay at home),” Shiv Sena spokesman and MP Sanjay Raut told a private TV channel at Pandharpur in Maharashtra on Monday.
Shiv Sena is launching a mega campaign at Pandharpur for the early construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya on Monday.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who had visited Ayodhya in November, will address a congregation of religious leaders and the public there, on Monday afternoon.
To mount pressure on BJP, the Sena will also formally give a push to its slogan – “Paheley Mandir Phir Sarkar (First the temple and then the government)”.
The pressure tactics from Sena comes at a time when there is no final word yet on whether BJP and Sena will continue to be partners in next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
The state assembly polls in Maharashtra are also due by October 2019.