Mumbai, Feb 6: Shiv Sena on Thursday criticised the BJP after the Centre announced formation of a trust to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, saying the issue was not expected to be politicised, but its "foundation" has been laid ahead of the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls.
As elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly to be held on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday informed the Lok Sabha about formation of a 15-member autonomous trust to construct the temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.'Modi gave the slogan of 'Jai Shri Ram' just four days ahead of polling for the Delhi Assembly. Will be happy if (the number) goes up by two-four seats with the help of Shri Ram," said an editorial in Shiv Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
'It was expected that the issue of Ram temple will not be politicised, but its 'foundation' was laid for the Delhi Assembly (election) and will be completed on the occasion of 2024 Lok Sabha (polls)," the editorial said. 'It is expected that a "Ram Rajya" (welfare state) will be realised in a true sense in the country by then,' the mouthpiece added. (UNI)