‘We remain Hindutvawadi, Sena’s role in Ram temple can not be erased’: Sena workers who took part in Kar Seva for Ram Temple


Composed by Vishwas Waghmode|Mumbai |

Updated: August 2, 2020 12: 52: 01 pm

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The Ram Janmabhoomi motion, which helped in the BJP‘s trip to power, was also a turning point for the Shiv Sena, which chose to climb on the Hindu bandwagon and make the Ram Mandir demand its own. In the very first chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 1993 after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, of 48 people named, 8 were connected with the Sena, consisting of then celebration chief Balasaheb Thackeray.

Two decades later on, ahead of the bhoomi pujan for the temple at Ayodhya, Shiv Sainiks who had observed Bal Thackeray’s call and headed to Ayodhya in December 1992 find themselves on the other side of the fence. The BJP has actually taken sole ownership for the building and construction of the temple at Ayodhya, and Shiv Sena chief, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who remains in a judgment alliance with two non-Hindutva parties, has not been invited to the event; no other primary minister except Yogi Adityanath has been either.

While Thackeray has actually not grumbled openly– it might have been more complex for the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance had he been welcomed– and even suggested that it should be an e-bhoomipujan to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Sena kar sevaks who were in Ayodhya on that eventful day are miffed.

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” Shiv Sena ought to have been welcomed for the bhoomipujan as there is no change in the celebration’s stand on Hindutva (in spite of its alliance with the NCP and Congress),” said Chandrakant Khaire, four-time ex-MP from Aurangabad and top Sena leader.

Khaire claims he was in Ayodhya when the dome of the masjid was brought down and remembers that he had touched the Ram idol set up within soon after. “It is the happiest moment of my life,” said Khaire.

Right after the demolition, the Shiv Sena had actually fasted to claim its participation. Afraid of the repercussions of the criminal case submitted subsequently, some BJP leaders like Sundar Singh Bhandari even passed the dollar on to the Sena, specifying it was Shiv Sainiks who took down the mosque.

However while Khaire states an invite to the Shiv Sena for the bhoomipujan was in order, he likewise made it plain he is not too keen to go to the event. There is heavy security for the event and the PM is also coming.

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Suryakant Mahadik, another Sena leader and then legislator who had gone to Ayodhya, stated he took part in the kar seva after the dome was destroyed.

The 75- year-old leader asserted that even if the BJP declares that the Sena has actually abandoned Hindutva after signing up with hands with the Congress for power, the Sena is more Hindutvawadi than the BJP. “We are the fighters and the (BJP) battles behind the curtains,” stated Mahadik, in a dig at the BJP for not owning up to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

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A group of BMC corporators from Mumbai had also gone to Ayodhya following the instructions of the then Sena chief. Vishwanath Nerurkar, now deputy leader of the Sena, who was part of the team, stated the dome was destroyed while they were on their way to Ayodhya.

The 68- year-old leader stated the bhoomipujan ought to be done by senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani. “The credit should be offered to Advani who brought out the Rath Yatra for the Ram temple.

Nerurkar does not believe that signing up with hands with the Congress and NCP has any bearing on the celebration’s Hindutva agenda.

Another BMC corporator, Vijay Daruwale, who was part of the team with Nerurkar, stated that even if Sena leaders were not welcomed, the function that the Sena played in the demolition could never ever be forgotten. No matter what the optics are no one can reject the important role that the Sena played in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

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