The UP administration has refused to permit Shiv Sena chief to hold any public gatherings. According to the sources, the reason behind this is that the venue – Ram Katha Park – is too close to the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site and the administration dreads any scathing remarks on Ram Mandir can aggravate tensions in the area.
Instead, Shiv Sena is asked to shift the venue to Gulab Bari, which is several kilometers away from the disputed site. Disappointed with the refusal, Thackeray is unlikely to hold any public meetings during his Ayodhya visit and would rather stick to meeting religious leaders.
According to the sources Shiv Sena aims to influence the disgruntled Hindus who are aggrieved at BJP. It also plans to contest Lok Sabha elections from selected seats in UP.
Shiv Sena’s UP president Anil Singh, who was is slightly peevish over the refusal, said, “We are being troubled by the administration. We have not been given permission to hold a rally in Ayodhya city. On the other hand, the BJP supported VHP/RSS Dharm Sabha on November 25 is facing no such issues.”
Shiv Sena leader and Thackeray’s close aide Sanjay Raut, however, denied seeking permission from UP administration for holding any public gathering. He said Thackeray will reach Ayodhya on November 24 and will felicitate seers and religious leaders at Laxman Kila and will participate in Saryu Aarti. The next day he will be visiting Ram Lala and hold a press conference.