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If Demonetisation Can be Instant, Why Not Ram Mandir: Uddhav Thackeray Asks BJP

File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Getty Images)

File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Getty Images)

On allegations by opposition parties that the state government was distributing copies of the Bhagavad Gita in schools in Mumbai, he said the BJP was resorting to such gimmicks to divert people's attention from the mismanagement of Mumbai University.

Pune: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has asked why the BJP-led central government is not taking quick decision to build the Ram Temple in Ayodhya the way it did in the case of demonetisation.

"They (BJP) talk about building a Ram Mandir, bringing Uniform Civil Code and repealing section 370 in Jammu and Kashmir before the election, but which election, 2019 or 2050, they do not specify," Thackeray told reporters after a meeting of party leaders.

"The way you (the BJP government) took the decision of note ban instantly, you can take the decision to build the Ram Mandir instantly, because you have a majority," said Thackeray, whose party often spars with the BJP despite being an ally.

The Shiv Sena chief further alleged that the benefits of the loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government last year did not reach farmers. He also reiterated his opposition to the West Coast refinery at Nanar, saying the project will harm the ecology of Konkan region.

"Such a disastrous development cannot be afforded and that is why we are with the people of Nanar (in opposing it). One thing is clear, this project will never happen," he said.

On allegations by opposition parties that the state government was distributing copies of the Bhagavad Gita in schools in Mumbai (which the government has denied), he said the BJP was resorting to such gimmicks to divert people's attention from the mismanagement of Mumbai University.

(With PTI inputs)