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Ayodhya Ram Temple Inauguration Should Not Be Politicised: Uddhav Thackeray

Former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s statement comes after political tussle has erupted over him being not invited to the inauguration of Ayodhya's Ram Temple on January 22 next year.

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Shiv Sena (UBT) Chief Uddhav Thackeray
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Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said Ayodhya Ram Temple inauguration  on January 22 next year should not be politocised. 

Uddhav Thackeray’s statement comes after political tussle has erupted over him being not invited to the inauguration of Ayodhya's Ram Temple. 

"Ram Lalla is mine too. I can go anytime I wish. I can go now, I can go tomorrow. When I became the chief minister, I went to Ayodhya. I visited Ayodhya before that also. Yes, I have not received any invitation and I don't need one. I just have one request that this event should not be made a political one," Uddhhav said. 

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While Uddhav has not been invited, Raj Thackeray, the chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, has been invited to the event.

"Those who pulled the Babri Masjid down are not there today. Maybe a handful of them are. Some people may have gone on a school picnic because they were of that age at that time," Uddhav said in a swipe at Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis as Fadnavis mentioned several times that he participated in kar seva and got imprisoned.

Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) criticised the management's move to not invite Uddhav Thackeray as Balasaheb Thackeray had a major contribution to Ram Temple. 
Uddhav faction leader Sanjay Raut said Ram Lalla has been kidnapped by the BJP and the inauguration event would be a political one.

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When the Babri Masjid was pulled down in 1992, the BJP then blamed Bal Thackeray and he took the responsibility for it, Raut said. 

The invitation to the grand event has triggered political bickering as the temple management intended to keep the invitee list small. State chief ministers and governors have not been invited, but all chiefs of all national political parties have been reportedly invited.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said he would not keep the invitation as the party believes that religion is a personal choice and should not be converted into "an instrument for political gain".

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