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"BJP Is Different,Hindutva Is Different" Says Uddhav Thackrey In Ayodhya
Uddhav Thackeray, in Ayodhya visit, says Maharashtra will give Rs 1 crore for Ram temple construction
"BJP Is Different, Hindutva Is Different," Says Uddhav Thackrey On Ayodhya Visit
New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey in alliance with ideologically different Congress and the National Congress Party, today announced that his government will give Rs 1 crore to help in the construction of a temple to Lord Ram in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.
After becoming Chief Minister in December last year Mr. Thackeray arrives in the temple town today, following a squabble over power-sharing with its longtime ally BJP, eventually leading to break-up.
"I have parted ways with the BJP, not with Hindutva. The BJP is not Hindutva. Hindutva is a different thing and I have not parted ways with it," he told a gathering in Ayodhya, where he was scheduled to perform an aarti, but cancelled it due to concerns over the coronavirus.
Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray in Ayodhya: Main BJP se alag hua hun, Hindutva se nahi. BJP ka matlab Hindutva nahi hai. Hindutva alag hai, BJP alag hai. pic.twitter.com/DWCQJqebXi— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 7, 2020
"The last time I was here, I came when things about the Ram temple were in flux. I came here in November 2018. In November 2019, the (Supreme) Court gave a historic decision and for me, I became the Chief Minister... I have come here for the third time and whenever I come here it brings good news to me," Mr. Thackeray said.
"I spoke to Yogi Ji yesterday and told him we will build the temple for sure and would request him to give someplace in Ayodhya for Ram bhakts who come to help in temple construction. The Maharashtra government will give Rs 1 crore to build the temple," the Chief Minister said, referring to his saffron-robed counterpart in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.
The Supreme Court had in November said in a landmark verdict that the ownership of the site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims was entire with Ram Lalla or infant Lord Ram. The government was ordered to set up a trust to oversee the building of a Ram temple at the site where the Babri mosque was razed by Hindu activists who believed it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple to mark the birthplace of Ram (Ram Janmabhoomi).
The court denounced the mosque demolition and ordered that five acres be given to the Sunni Waqf Board at a "prominent" alternative site for the building of a mosque.
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