"If Thackeray wants to take all his newly-elected MPs for sight-seeing to Ayodhya, that's fine. But it will not help the cause of the Ram temple construction in any way," Athawale pointed out.
Athawale said that he was personally very keen that the temple should come up as soon as possible, but everyone will have to await the apex court judgement on the issue which will pave the way for the temple construction.
His remarks were prompted by Thackeray's decision to take all the 18 Sena Lok Sabha MPs elected last month to Ayodhya for a "thanksgiving darshan of Ram Lalla" on June 16.
During his high-profile visit to Ayodhya last November, Thackeray had said: "Pehle Mandir, Phir Sarkar" (First temple, then government), attempting to bring the issue back to the centre-stage ahead of the last Lok Sabha polls.
His upcoming visit is intended to build pressures on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime to expedite the construction of the Ram temple which suddenly seems to have been relegated to the backstage after the elections, analysts said.
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