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BJP Faces Heat From RSS And Shiv Sena Over Delay In Making Of Ram Mandir

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| November 2 , 2018 , 16:45 IST

Trouble seems to be increasing day by day for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday hinted at a fresh "mass agitation" with reference to 1992 for constructing a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking to media, RSS General Secretary (Sarakaryavyah) Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji' Joshi said, "We are confident that the Ram Mandir will be built soon… We have already waited too long for it and cannot wait indefinitely… If necessary, we shall launch a 'Jan Andolan' (mass agitation)."  

He urged the courts to take up sensitive cases like the Ram temple on priority and expressed confidence that all legal hurdles would be removed soon in this regard.

It is learnt that the RSS meet is being attended by 350 delegates from all over India, including heads or representatives of its affiliate organisations.

His remarks came at the end of a three-day long RSS Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal conclave held near Uttan Beach of Bhayander town.

Further, Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji' Joshi reiterated the RSS demand that the government should consider enacting a law or promulgating an ordinance to pave the way for constructing the temple.

The RSS also found the support from Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray who also slammed BJP over their promise of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya was a "jumla", asserting that it will go down from "280" Lok Sabha seats to two if it did so.

Further attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said the bricks collected for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh were in reality not for the temple but steps that took it to power.

The Sena and the BJP are allies in the governments in Maharashtra and at the Centre but have constantly been at loggerheads over a host of issues.

Speaking to media, Shiv Sena president said, "The bricks that were collected for Ram Mandir were in reality not for the temple, but were the steps to take you (BJP) to power. Say once that (the construction of) Ram temple was a jumla and you will be reduced to two seats from 280 (in the Lok Sabha)."

It is learnt that the ruling party currently has an effective strength of 272 members in the Lok Sabha.

"The 2019 polls are fast approaching. I am not concerned about what will happen (to political parties), but about what will happen to the people and the country," Thackeray said.

He rued that neither inflation had decreased nor employment increased after the BJP came to power with a majority in the 2014 polls, adding that people were grappling with a "strange" environment prevalent in the country.

Thackeray asked the party workers to go among the masses and ask them if they had received the benefits of the schemes of the Narendra Modi government.

In another attack to Modi Government He also added that while he was touring the state to take stock of the drought situation, Prime Minister Modi was busy with his foreign tours.

"Maharashtra should get a Sena chief minister this time, I will tour the state to ensure that. The government has declared drought but when will drought relief measures be provided?," he asked, taking a swipe at the Devendra Fadnavis-led state government, of which his party is a constituent.

However, BJP President Amit Shah arrived in Mumbai on Friday to attend a Rashtriya Swayansevak Sangh (RSS) conclave and meet its chief Mohan Bhagwat.

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BJP President visited to the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini complex in Bhayander town where the three-day RSS Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal will end later on Friday.

Though details were not available, the BJP chief and Bhagwat were understood to have discussed wide-ranging issues including the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, upcoming Assembly elections in five states and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

On the opening day of the conclave, the RSS reiterated its demand to enact a law or promulgate an ordinance to pave the way for a speedy construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

It is learnt that Bhagwat had first raised the demand at his customary Dussehra rally in Nagpur on October 18.