Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is currently on his Ayodhya visit along with his wife Rashmi Thackrey and son Aditya Thackrey to mark 100 days in office, on Saturday offered to donate Rs 1 crore to the to Ram Janmbhomi Trust for the construction of Ram Temple. Moreover, he said that his party, the Shiv Sena, had its belief deeply rooted in Hindutva, and should be seen separately from the Bharatiya Janata Party. He further said that the Bharatiya Janata Party has drifted away from the Hindutva belief system. “I (Shiv Sena) am seperate from the BJP, not from Hindutva. BJP does not mean Hindutva,” he said.At the end of November last year, the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena coalition formed the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra. This is the first time that the Sena chief is visiting Ayodhya after breaking up ties with long-standing ally BJP, following the announcement of the Maharashtra assembly poll results. “I am here to seek blessings of Ram Lalla. I have with me today several members of my ‘Bhagwa’ family. It is my third visit in last 1.5 years. I will also offer prayers today,” Thackeray said.However, Thackeray won’t be performing aarti’ on the bank of Saryu River due to Coronavirus scare.Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had confirmed in January that Maharashtra Chief Minister will visit Ayodhya. “Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray will visit Ayodhya on the completion of 100 days in power to seek the blessings of Lord Ram. We want that our alliance leaders should also come along. Rahul Gandhi also visits several temples.” Raut had said.He was scheduled to visit the sacred site on November 24, 2019, however putting it off following the NCP core committee’s decision to form an alternative government in the state.He had earlier visited Ayodhya in June 2019 and offered his prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple with 18 newly elected MPs following the Lok Sabha elections. This is also the first time that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra will visit the sacred site after the historic Supreme Court’s decision to give the disputed 2.77 acre land in Ayodhya to the Hindus for the construction of Ram Temple. In its judgment, the Supreme Court specified that in three months the Central Government needs to set up a trust to build the temple on the disputed site.

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