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Santosh Pandey | HENB | Ayodhya | March 8, 2020:: Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s party, which is in alliance with the ideologically different Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, yesterday said that even though the party has parted ways with its longtime ally BJP, their Hindutva ideology is still intact.
Uddhav Thackeray on March 07 said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ‘Hindutva’ are two different things, and he has only left BJP not the Hindutva.
“I left BJP, not ‘Hindutva’. BJP and ‘Hindutva’ are two different things,” said Thackeray while talking to media in Ayodhya where he announced his offer to donate Rs 1 crore for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Shiv Sena broke ties with the BJP after Maharashtra Assembly polls in late 2019 over the post of Chief Minister.
Thackeray urged to the concerned Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, as set by Union Govt in accordance to the verdict of Supreme Court of India, to expedite the construction of Ram Temple and to accept the humble donation of Shiv Sena and its trust.
Thackeray, on his first visit to Ayodhya after becoming CM last November and completing 100 days in office on Friday, also said the aid will be given on behalf of a trust and not the Maharashtra government.
He was accompanied by his wife Rashmi, son and Maharashtra tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray and Congress leader Sunil Kedar.
“In Marathi, there is a phrase ‘phool na phoolachi paakli’ (one should offer a petal if not the whole flower). SoI am humbly announcing Rs 1 crore assistance for temple construction, not on behalf of the (Maharashtra) government, but our trust,” chief minister Thackeray said.
“We are humbly requesting the members of the (Ram temple) trust (formed to construct the temple on the Supreme Court’s orders) to accept the small contribution from Ram bhakts (devotees of Lord Ram),” Thackeray told reporters before offering prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple.
Thackeray expressed his hope for the upcoming of a magnificent Ram Janmabhoomi Temple within a reasonable time and requested the Yogi Govt in UP for a piece of land in Ayodhya to build a Maharashtra Bhawan to accommodate the devotees and pilgrims from Maharastra accordingly.
Earlier, Thackeray received guard of honour by the UP Police upon his arrival in Ayodhya.
___Inputs from ANI, HT, HW and Agencies.