The Asian Age – ‘Congress-NCP should be open to form government with Shiv Sena’: Dalwai

In a letter written to Sonia Gandhi, Dalwai urged her to consider the prospect of Congress-NCP forming government with Shiv Sena.

New Delhi – India, 02 November 2019. Amid delay in formation of new government in Maharashtra due to differences in the ruling alliance, Congress MP Husain Dalwai has said Congress-NCP should be open to joining hands with Shiv Sena to form a government, saying it will prevent poaching and consolidate party’s base.

In a letter written to party chief Sonia Gandhi, Dalwai urged her to consider the prospect of Congress-NCP forming government with Shiv Sena. He also said Shiv Sena has been taking a “more inclusive” stance on issues.

“As BJP-Shiv Sena are struggling to come together to form government, section of supporters of Congress are of opinion that Congress- NCP should be open to the prospect of forming the government with Shiv Sena,” Dalwai said.

He alleged that Congress MLAs were “poached” by BJP before the assembly polls and it can happen again if BJP forms the government.

“In the run-up to assembly elections, many of our MLAs and other political leaders were poached by BJP, if they are able to form a government they will again start doing this.

But if we are able to form a government with Shiv Sena, this can be prevented and we will be able to solidify our base,” the letter said.

Dalwai in the letter talked about minorities and “agendas of BJP government” and said though Shiv Sena has shared power with BJP, it is not viewed in the same light.

“Shiv Sena is not viewed in the same light as BJP though they have shared power together in the past and this may be an opportunity from preventing this from happening again,” he said.

He said BJP has not got an absolute majority on its own in the assembly polls.

“We must remember that BJP has consistently followed RSS’s doctrine of one nation, one leader, one party, one religion but Shiv Sena has been seen to be taking a more inclusive stand recently. It is therefore imperative to prevent BJP from coming to power since the voters have also denied them a clear majority,” he said.

The BJP and Shiv Sena, who are part of ruling coalition in Maharashtra, fought the assembly polls in alliance.

While the Shiv Sena has been insisting on a “50-50” power-sharing agreement, the BJP has said that there was no agreement between the two parties on sharing the post of chief minister for two-and-a-half years.

The BJP won 105 seats and Shiv Sena 56 seats in the 288-member assembly.

The NCP and Congress also fought the polls in alliance with the former winning 54 seats and the latter 44 seats respectively in the 288-member assembly.

The Hindu – Ram temple will be built under leadership of PM Modi, CM Yogi: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ayodhya on June 16 to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple

Ayodhya – Uttar Pradesh – India, 15 June 2019. Ahead of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya, on June 16, to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple, his party leader Sanjay Raut said the Ram temple will be constructed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

He said Mr.Thackeray, who will be joined by 18 newly elected party MPs, is fulfilling the promise he had made in November that he would visit again after elections and asserted that his party has “not sought votes in the name of Ram and will not do so in future”.

Maharashtra will be going to polls later this year. The visit is being seen as an attempt by the Shive Sena to put pressure on ally BJP. But Sena has maintained that Mr.Thackeray’s visit should not be seen through the electoral lens.

“Ramlala is not a subject for politics but it is matter of our faith. We have not sought votes in the name of Ram and will not do so in future. When he [Uddhav] visited Ayodhya in November he promised to come again after elections. He is fulfilling his promise,” Mr. Raut said at a press conference.

On construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Mr.Raut said, “It will be constructed in Modi and Yogi’s leadership. The BJP will decide on it. The majority in 2019 is for construction of Ram temple. In Rajya Sabha too we will get majority by 2020.”

Mr.Thackeray, who will be reaching Ayodhya on Sunday morning, will offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple, address a press conference and leave later in the evening.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Ayodhya on last Friday to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple.

His visit, the first after the Lok Sabha election results, was apparently aimed at reiterating support for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site.

“It is everybody’s wish that Ram Mandir must be constructed,” he had said after unveiling a seven-foot Ram statue at a museum in the city.

He also took part in the week-long celebrations to mark the birthday of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.

The title suit over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site is being heard by the Supreme Court.

Soon after the BJP got a second term in the Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat had said, “Ram’s work has to be done and Ram’s work will get done.”