What does Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya signify?
Bengaluru: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray visited Ayodhya, where a grand temple of Lord Ram will soon be erected.
His visit comes in the wake of his government - in coalition with Congress and NCP – completing a hundred days in office.
But more than anything else, his visit comes as an exhibition and making amends for joining hands with parties traditionally antithetical to Hindus and their views.
After joining hands to govern Maharashtra, Congress has insulted Veer Savarkar but Uddhav Thackeray was forced to remain subservient.
His ludicrous comparison of anti-CAA riots to events like Jallianwala Bagh incident had only proved how he had submitted himself to his masters.
Therefore, today’s visit to the holy town gains significance in that he has tried to make up for the loss.
However, one statement that he made appears too childish.
"I have parted ways with the BJP, not with Hindutva. The BJP is not Hindutva. Hindutva is a different thing and I have not parted ways with it," he said.
But in the prepoll alliance, it was with the BJP that he joined hands with. The Shiva Sena fought the elections based on the charisma of PM Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.
If there is anything that the Sena stands for, it is Hindutva as practised by the BJP.
He also gave a donation of Rs 1 crore for the construction of the temple and added that he had had a word with UP CM Yogi Adityanath to allot some space for Ram Bhakts as well.
Essentially, what Uddhav Thakceray is doing is trying to please and placate his vote bank.
Enough and more damage has been done by the Congress and NCP in the coalition government. The latest goof up is the plan and proposal to reserve 5% seats for Muslims in Maharashtra schools and colleges.
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Last Updated Mar 7, 2020, 3:16 PM IST