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India Today - - STATES - By Ki­ran D. Tare

Ud­dhav’s Ram tem­ple call sig­nals his ea­ger­ness to ally with the BJP for 2019

Ud­dhav Thack­eray ap­pears to have found him­self a way out of the sticky spot he’d put him­self in vis-à-vis the BJP. His two-day ‘pil­grim­age’ to Ay­o­d­hya on Novem­ber 24 and 25—wife Rashmi and son Aditya in tow—is widely be­ing viewed as an in­di­ca­tion that the Shiv Sena is once more eager and will­ing

to go with the BJP in the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions.

Em­u­lat­ing lead­ers af­fil­i­ated with the Sangh pari­var, the Shiv Sena chief per­formed ri­tu­als on the banks of the Sarayu river; stopped by to visit holy men; be­fore go­ing to the dis­puted Ram Jan­mab­hoomi site. All this to urge the BJP lead­er­ship

GETTY IMAGES BANK­ING ON THE BJP

Ud­dhav Thack­eray in Ay­o­d­hya, Nov. 24

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