'Wake up from your Kumbhakarna sleep, declare date for Ram temple construction'
Ayodhya (UP): Arriving here ahead of Sunday's VHP rally for a Ram temple, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray asked the Narendra Modi government to wake up from a Kumbhakarna-like slumber and declare the date for its construction.
He urged the government to bring legislation or an ordinance for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, saying his party will support it.
Day, months, years and generations have passed, he said Saturday on what he described as his first visit to the town.
Mandir wahin baneyange, par date nahin batayenge (You say you will make the temple there, but won't tell the date), he said.
First say when you will construct the temple, the rest we will talk later, he said in what sounded like a dare to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.
Thackeray and scores of Sena supporters arrived here just a day ahead of the Dharam Sabha being organised separately by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of a Ram temple on a disputed site.
There is a massive deployment of police in the city as seers and other people arrive for the VHP event.
The VHP has claimed that tens of thousands of people will attend its event. Thackeray came with his family for a two-day visit, which he said was to get a darshan' of Lord Ram.
He attacked the government over the delay in the construction of the Ram temple on the disputed site in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992.
"There should be a temple of Lord Ram at the Shri Ramjanmabhoomi, he said.
I have come here
to awaken the Kumbhakarana, he said, indirectly comparing Modi, or his government,
to the Ramayana character known for sleeping for months at a stretch.
Today's Kumbhakarna has been sleeping for the past four years," he said.