Another controversy that has steeped in ahead of Ram Mandir’s bhoomi pujan ceremony by PM Modi in Ayodhya today, is an advertisement in Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
The advertisement on Babri Masjid demolition in Saamana Wednesday’s edition comes up with a picture of Babri Masjid demolition stacked with a photo of Balasaheb Thackeray with a statement that reads, “I am proud of the men who did this”.
The controversial advertisement by by Shiv Sena secretary Milind Narvekar, also consist of photos of Maharashtra CM and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and minister Aaditya Thackeray.
Apparently, the Shiv Sena is annoyed over not getting an invitation to the historic and much grand event in Ayodhya. In an article in Samaana, the Shiv Sena pointed out that it essayed a significant part in Babri Masjid demolition, but still never received any invitation for Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan ceremony.
Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut dropped a hint on Monday regarding CM Uddhav Thackeray’s unlikelihood to visit Ayodhya for the Bhoomi Pujan for Ram temple construction on August 5 owing to the grave Covid-19 situation in the Uttar Pradesh town.
“It is important that the PM is going. The chief minister (Thackeray) can go there anytime,” Raut had told reporters while extending good wishes for the ceremony.
However, in an editorial on Tuesday, the Shiv Sena had said that it is indeed a golden moment like Prime Minister Narendra Modi breaking the ground to mark the commencement of construction work.
The Shiv Sena added that BJP veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, key leaders attached to the Ram temple construction campaign, will witness the sweet fruits of the battle of temple construction virtually from Delhi.
“The country has become excited in view of the ”bhoomi pujan” ceremony. There is no other golden moment like the countrys prime minister breaking the ground (for temple construction),” the Sena said.
“Coronavirus is prevailing. It has spread in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh and the entire country. This crisis, too, will fade away with the blessings of Lord Ram, it said.”
Take a look at the ad image which has stirred controversies: