First Temple, then Maharashtra government : Sanjay Raut

First Temple, then Maharashtra government : Sanjay Raut

Senior Shiv Sena Sanjay Raut posted a cryptic message on Twitter after the Supreme Court (SC) gave its landmark verdict in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.

Commenting on the verdict, the Sena leader threw a curveball saying, "First temple, and then government. Temple in Ayodhya, the government in Maharashtra... Jai Shri Ram."

Shiv Sena, which has supported the construction of a grand temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, has been entangled in an intense showdown with the BJP, its alliance partner in Maharashtra.

Though both parties share a bittersweet past, they have always come to terms after a stalemate. However, the recent tussle over the post of the state's chief minister seems alarming.

Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra chief minister on Friday and has been asked to remain the caretaker chief minister of the state by governor BS Koshyari.

At a press conference after resigning from his post, Fadnavis said the BJP had never agreed to share the chief minister's post with ally Shiv Sena.

On the other hand, Sena boss Uddav Thackeray had accused the BJP of lying and even regretted teaming up with the BJP in the recently held elections.

Meanwhile, in a unanimous judgment on Saturday, a five-member Constitution bench of SC paved the way for a grand temple to be constructed at the disputed plot of land in Ayodhya.

Court also directed that one of the litigants in the case, the Sunni Waqf Board, should be given five aces of "suitable land" within Ayodhya for a mosque.