Notes spiked instantly, why Ram Mandir decision still pending: Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray

Pune, July 14: Hitting out at ruling ally Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray today asked if the decision of demonetisation could be taken so quickly, why is the decision on building Ram Mandir in Ayodhya still pending.

“The demonetization decision was taken instantly, but the work on Ram Mandir has yet to begun. They (BJP) had said it would happen before the elections – which elections, 2019 or 2050?” Sena supremo asked sarcastically.

Speaking to media here on a pre-election preparatory visit, Thackeray said the same was the status of the saffron party’s other key policies such as Uniform Civil Code, or abrogation of the Constitution’s Article 370.

“There is no discussion on these important issues now, they are almost forgotten. You have the majority and should have implemented these… what happened?” he asked.

Questioning on the recent flak over distribution of the Bhagavad Gita to students in 100 select colleges in Mumbai, the Sena Chief stated: “this was being done to hide the mess prevailing in the University of Mumbai”.

“The students need to be given education relevant to modern times. The university is ridden with mismanagement, there are paper leaks, examination results are being delayed and other major problems. Instead of concentrating and solving all these issues, the education department wants to distribute Bhagavad Gita,” he added.

“The CM has assured that it will not be imposed if the locals are opposed to it. Whatever he may say, we are with the people of the Konkan region who do not want the project. We shall not allow it to come up,” Thackeray declared.

Prior to this, meeting with the Sena’s Pune party office-bearers, he conceded that the Pune and western Maharashtra region was being ignored, “but that would not happen anymore”.

“I have directed all the party leaders to pay special attention to Pune and they will work with renewed vigour. I shall also come here regularly to monitor the progress,” he assured.


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