Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya, Varanasi – Shiv Sena’s bid to embarrass BJP in Modi, Adityanath bastion

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The Bharatiya Janata Partys (BJP) oldest ally Shiv Sena is eying to expand its network outside Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena, which soared to the length and breadth of Maharashtra on pro-Maratha and Hindutva sentiments, is all set to make an entry into the larger national political landscape via Uttar Pradesh. Sena pramukh Uddhav Thackeray, who turned 58 on Thursday, is set to soon visit the twin temples towns of the state Shiv Sena hoardings with slogans reading It should be noted that Sena has always supported the construction of a grand Ram Mandir at the site of the now-demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. But for the past few months, the party has targeted the BJP for not fulfilling its over two decades old promise. The hoardings carry the picture of party secretary Milind Narvekar. The leader says that he is just forwarding the message of party supremo Uddhav. If Uddhav travels to the two cities, it will be his first visit to the most populous state of the country. Reports say that the party is planning to make Uddhavs Uttar Pradesh trip an event to remember. The Sena pramukh, according to reports, will first visit Ayodhya where he will also address a rally. Later, he will travel to Varanasi, the oldest living city in the world and also the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his stay here, Uddhav is expected to participate in the Ganga aarti which attracts thousands of visitors daily. He will also offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Theres nothing more to it, In a recent interview to Raut, the executive editor of Sena mouthpiece Saamna, Uddhav made a mention of his wish to visit Ayodhya and Varanasi. He had also said that the BJP will again reignite the Ram Mandir issue ahead of the 2019 polls and noted that people always wanted his father and late party chief Bal Thackeray to visit Ayodhya. Sena pramukhs wish to visit Ayodhya and Varanasi comes days after his party abstained from the debate and voting on the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition in the Lok Sabha against the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of which Sena is also a part. The Shiv Sena has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha. They party has been targeting the BJP over several issues for the last few days. Though the two continue to be part the ruling dispensation in Maharashtra, the Sena has already announced that it will contest the next general elections and assembly polls in the state solo.