Ayodhya became a hotbed of politics Tuesday with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath choosing to begin his speech in Chhattisgarh by telling people he has come from the birthplace of Ram, while former VHP leader Pravin Togadia announced in the city that he would soon launch his own political party. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut too reached Ayodhya to make preparations for a visit by party chief Uddhav Thackeray.
Thackeray had recently said in Mumbai that the BJP should either build a Ram temple or admit that it was all a gimmick.
Anil Singh, state president of the Shiv Sena, said, “On October 25, Uddhav ji will first visit Ram Lalla and offer his prayers. He will then meet priests who are raising their voices for the construction of a Ram temple. He will then address a gathering of supporters at Saryu Ghat.” Asked if their party had taken the permission for the meeting, he said they have submitted an application with the district administration.
“He (Raut) met party workers here in Ayodhya today, visited different temples and met priests. He had met the chief minister as well. After interacting with workers and attending the Saryu Arti in the evening, he will leave for Delhi,” Singh told The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, Pravin Togadia, announced in Ayodhya Tuesday that he will soon launch his political outfit. Promising his supporters, who also clashed with police earlier in the day when they were stopped from undertaking the march, Togadia said, “Saryu ke tat par sankalpa karte hain 2019 mein Dilli mein hinduon ki sarkar banayenge.. Ram Mandir nahi to hinduon ka vote nahi..Surakshit mahila, samman yukta kissan, sasta petrol, Bangladeshion se mukti, hum naye rajnaitik dal ki ghoshna karte hain (On the banks of Saryu, we take a pledge to form a government of Hindus in Delhi in 2019. If there is no Ram temple then there is no vote from Hindus. For security of women, respect for farmers, cheap petrol, removal of Bangladeshis, we declare the formation of a new political party).”
Togadia did not share the name of his political outfit. “Naam taya hai hum yogya samay par batayenge…Agenda tai hai, humein chahiye samridhha Hindu (The name is decided but we will reveal it at the appropriate time…the agenda is fixed, we want prosperous Hindu).”
He added that apart from the issue of women security, a strong law against cow slaughter, and the construction of a temple not just in Ayodhya, but “Mathura, Ayodhya, Vishwanath…teenon ke mandir…” is also on the agenda.