Ram Mandir issue: Shiv Sena, VHP power show in Ayodhya; section 144 imposed

In a power show ahead of upcoming elections, Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) have taken over the Ayodhya city demanding the construction of Ram Mandir

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Ahead of the upcoming polls next year, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray along with his family landed at Faizabad airport on Saturday afternoon for his scheduled two-day-visit to Ayodhya. As Shiv Sena’s political campaign kicks off, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) also announced its Dharma Sabha on November 25 in which Hindutva organisations and almost one lakh saints will participate. 

VHP has organised the same to intensify their demand for the construction of Ram Mandir. Earlier, Uddhav Thackeray had also planned to address a gathering in Ayodhya. However, the same has been cancelled instead Uddhav Thackeray will conduct a press conference. 

After reaching Faizabad, Uddhav Thackeray left for Laxman Qila and will indulge in prayers at Sarayu River later in the day. On November 25, Uddhav Thackeray plans to worship Lord Rama at the disputed site around 9:00 in the morning and will address the media. 

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As this happened, the Uttar Pradesh government has imposed section 144 as a precautionary measure to avoid any chaos in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, according to media reports, almost 3,500 people from the Muslim community have fled the city in this environment of fear. 

Earlier on Friday, in a controversial remark, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut demanded the central government should pass a law for the construction of Ram Temple (Mandir) in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya. 

We demolished the Babri Masjid is just 17 minutes but how long will the ruling BJP government take to enact a law for the construction of Ram Mandir,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said while addressing the media at a press conference in Ayodhya. 

Doubting BJP’s intention to bring the ordinance for Ram Mandir’s construction, Raut said that BJP is in power from Rashtrapati Bhawan to Uttar Pradesh and there are many MPs in Rajya Sabha who will stand for the cause. “Those who oppose the construction of Ram Mandir will not be able to roam freely,” said Raut.

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