Thane, Mar 5: More than 2,000 zealous Shiv Sena workers on Thursday boarded the Ayodhya-bound special train from Thane Railway Station. The workers, who proudly refer to themselves as Shiv Sainiks, are thronging to Ayodhya for joining Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who is scheduled to perform a pooja at Sarayu river on March 7.
Mayor Naresh Mhaske and several Sena leaders, including Gopal Landge, Prakash Patil and Dyaneshwar Bomble, flocked the station to give a grand see-off to the party workers. Talking to UNI, Kalyan Sena Chief Landge said, "The opponents were from day one criticising the Shiv Sena over the Hindutva issue, but our commitment towards Hindutva stands unshattered, even today." His comment is a veiled attack at BJP, which has often criticised the Sena of comprising the party ideology by shaking hands with the NCP and Congress.
He further said, "The Shiv Sainiks are moulded, guided and inspired by the teachings of late Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray, and this is followed in letter and spirit by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. "We are committed towards Hinduism and do not not care for what others say about us. We are not ashamed to be called Hindus and are proud of it. Our fight for Hinduism is a true and loyal one. We have full faith in Lord Ram," he exclaimed.
He said that when Mr Thackeray visited Ayodhya earlier and performed Pooja, he was rewarded with the Chief Ministership hence, he is visiting again to offer his gratitude. (UNI)