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Uddhav Thackeray delays Nov 24 Ayodhya Visit ahead of Congress – NCP Alliance

Shiv Sena’s alliance with the BJP fell apart over the chief minister’s post and Shiv Sena reached out to the Congress- NCP parties to support them and form an alliance that they have failed to establish with BJP.

Where NCP Founder Sharad Pawar and INC interim president Sonia Gandhi are busy discussing their alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, shiv sena’s Chief Uddhav Thackeray has delayed his visit to Ayodhya.

A day after the NCP core committee resolved to form an alternative government in Maharashtra Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has put off his November 24 visit to Ayodhya, a Sena leader said on Monday.

Supreme Court judgment on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute on November 9 was just and did not hurt any communal sentiments. Uddhav Thackeray had announced he would visit the Ram temple town in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on November 24.

“The government formation process is taking time. Leaders of the three parties (Sena, NCP, and Congress) are holding meetings. They are inching towards government formation. In view of these developments, Uddhavji has decided to postpone his visit to Ayodhya,” the Sena leader said. He also pointed out the “security concerns” in Ayodhya. “Security agencies already denied permission to political parties planning to visit Ayodhya and the (Ram Janmabhoomi) site,” the leader said.

Supreme Court declared a historic verdict which stated a way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

Maharashtra is now under President’s rule after the parties failed to form the government. The BJP- Shiv Sena government failed due to Shiv Sena’s stance on Chief Minister’s Post and equal seats at Cabinet. They failed to prove the support of required MLAs in the time given by Governor BS Koshyari. The Governor had invited NCP, 3rd largest party after BJP and Congress to form a government.

The Shiv Sena is now in discussion with the INC and NCP to form a government in the state of Maharashtra. The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.

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