Mumbai: Aaditya Thackeray, son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, is on a trip to Ayodhya today, where he will conduct a press conference.
At 5:30 pm, he will offer prayers at the Ram temple. He would later perform the Saryu Aarti before returning to Lucknow and flying back to Mumbai. Mr Thackeray will also pay a visit to Ayodhya’s Hanuman Garhi temple and Laxman Killa.
Aaditya Thackeray’s maiden Ayodhya visit has been considered to project him as the future leader of the Shiv Sena. His visit is interpreted as a transfer of power to the young leader, who was inducted into politics by the Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray.
The Shiv Sena wanted to show its strength with many top leaders in Ayodhya, like Sanjay Raut and Eknath Shinde, who were camping there to give their support to Aaditya.
The Shiv Sena faced criticism from the BJP for breaking with Hindutva. The Sena hit back at the BJP, saying their Hindutva is fake. Aaditya’s visit to Ayodhya has been considered that Sena has not moved away from its old ideology of Hindutva and it accuses the saffron party of playing a double-standard game like Raj Thackeray.
The Shiv Sena made an elaborate arrangement for its workers to visit Ayodhya. Two trains were reserved from Mumbai, on which a huge number of Shiv Sainiks boarded to visit Ayodhya.
The BJP has been incessantly criticising the Shiv Sena since its alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress to form the government in Maharashtra.
Aaditya’s visit is important to counter Raj Thackeray and reveals that the party has not moved away from the Hindutva ideology.