Mumbai: The Shiv Sena said Wednesday that the ‘bhoomi pujan’ performed for Ram temple construction at Ayodhya ‘fulfils’ the dream of its founder Bal Thackeray. Shiv Sena’s ruling ally in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) termed the development as a ‘matter of joy’.
The Shiv Sena, an ex-BJP ally which has been a strong supporter of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. The party congratulated the people of India over the long-awaited foundation stone laying ceremony for the grand temple.
The NCP, one of the constituents in the Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, said the ceremony is a ‘matter of joy’ for all and that Lord Ram is the deity of Indians.
“The bhoomi pujan of Lord Ram’s temple which is the source of faith of all Hindus was held today (Wednesday). This is the day of fulfillment of the dream of Hinduhridaysamrat Shiv Sena chief venerable Balasaheb Thackeray. It is a joyous moment for all of us,” the Shiv Sena said in a statement.
Hearty congratulations to all the countrymen!,
Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray tweeted even as he hailed the Lord, saying ‘Jai Shree Ram’.
The late Sena patriarch, Bal Thackeray was called by party followers as ‘Hinduhridaysamrat’ (Emperor of Hindu hearts). He was a strong proponent of the temple cause.
Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut also expressed similar sentiment. “Fulfillment of Balasaheb’s dream,” said a graphic Raut shared on Twitter. The graphic also depicts a temple and carries text ‘Shree Ram’ and ‘garv se kaho hum Hindu hai’ (say with pride that we are Hindus)’.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra NCP chief and minister Jayant Patil said he always worships at the temple of Lord Ram in his constituency in Sangli district.
“Today ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Ram temple construction is being performed in Ayodhya. It is a matter of joy for all of us. We always worship with devotion in Lord Ram’s temple built in my constituency,” he said.