RENAMING CITIES BJP LOLLIPOP TO MASSES BE­FORE ELEC­TIONS: SENA

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: The Shiv Sena made an­other jibe at its ally, the BJP, terming the lat­ter’s plan to re­name cities and con­struct a statue of Ram in Ay­o­d­hya as a “lollipop” to the masses be­fore the polls next year. The comment was made on Satur­day in an ed­i­to­rial in Sena’s mouth­piece, Saa­mana, whose edi­tor is party chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray. UP CM Yogi Adityanath had an­nounced that his govern­ment will be con­struct­ing a Ram statue in Ay­o­d­hya. “Yogi, ac­cord­ing to his wish, re­named Faiz­abad to Ay­o­d­hya and an­nounced a grand statue of Lord Ram. This is a lollipop by BJP ahead of the 2019 elec­tions… The de­mand is to free Lord Ram from prison [makeshift tem­ple where the idol is cur­rently in­stalled] and in­stall him in the tem­ple. Lord Ram is still in ex­ile, what good is erect­ing a statue in Ay­o­d­hya?” said the ed­i­to­rial.

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