CM Uddhav will definitely attend Ram temple's 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony: Raut
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on August 5 for the “bhoomi Pujan” ceremony to begin the construction of the Ram Temple. Shiv Sena president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will definitely be attending the ceremony, claimed Sena MP Sanjay Raut.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will definitely attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram temple construction in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed on Tuesday.
When asked whether the Shiv Sena president Thackeray has received an invitation for the ceremony, Raut said, “It will come."
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, on August 5, for the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony to begin the construction work of the Ram temple.
"Chief Minister Thackeray will definitely go for the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony because the Shiv Sena shares sentimental, religious and national ties with this issue," Raut told a TV channel.
"As I had said yesterday, the Shiv Sena had made a big contribution and (Shiv Sainiks) shed their blood and made sacrifices for the cause of Ram temple construction," he added.
The ceremony is historic from the point of view of the country, Hindutva, for the thousands of martyrs, he said.
Raut reiterated that Thackeray keeps visiting Ayodhya and has done so before and after becoming the chief minister of Maharashtra.
On Monday, the Rajya Sabha MP had claimed that his party paved the way for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and removed roadblocks in the temple construction for the cause of Hindutva and not for politics.
It needs to be seen how many people will be invited to the temple's groundbreaking ceremony next month and what social distancing measures will be taken at the event (in view of the COVID-19 outbreak), Raut said.
After decades of legal tussle, the Supreme Court on November 9 last year had paved the way for the construction of the Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The apex court had directed the Centre to allot an alternative five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a "prominent" place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh. The Babri Masjid, at the disputed site, was demolished by right-wing Hindutva groups on December 6, 1992.