Yogi Govt. Accords ‘State Guest’ Status to Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray in Ayodhya

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Uddhav Thackeray

LUCKNOW — The Uttar Pradesh government of Yogi Adityanath has accorded a ‘state guest’ status to the Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray and the district magistrate of Ayodhya Anil Kumar Pathak went and presented him a bouquet on behalf of chief minister Yogi Adityanath late night on Saturday.

Thackeray is in Ayodhya with thousands of workers of his party to put pressure on the central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for construction of Ram Temple.

Day earlier, his party leader and MP Sanjay Raut had made a controversial remark saying that his party workers demolished Babri Masjid in 17 minutes, why there is such a long wait for a law for construction of Ram Temple.

Meanwhile on Saturday, in a sudden change of plan, Shiv Saina activists who had come by two special trains to Ayodhya for events organised by the party, are returning on Saturday night after one train was rescheduled, officials said.

The train supposed to go on Sunday night was rescheduled for Saturday night by the Central Railways, as per request made by “people who booked the train”.

Station superintendent of Ayodhya Mahendra Nath Mishra confirmed the change in the train timings. The second train which ferried Shiv Sainiks from Maharashtra, ahead of its party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya, will however leave as per schedule on Sunday at 6 p.m.

While no official statement has been made for the sudden change in the train timings, sources say a miffed Thackeray asked Shiv Sainiks to “pack bags and go back” after “poor arrangements” by some of his party cadres at the Laxma Qila grounds event.

He has also reportedly asked his party to “clear out from Ayodhya at the earliest”.

Meanwhile heavy security deployment has been made in the temple town ahead of the Sunday ‘dharma Sabha’ of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in which Hindu seers will put their heads together to chalk out a strategy to pressure the government to pave the way for an early construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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