Thackeray added: “We shall support the government if it passes an Ordinance or legislation for the construction of the temple.”
Shiv Sena had planned for a bigger programme on Sunday but was denied permission by the district administration. The state government has deployed about 70,000 security personnel in the town, about 130 km east of Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow, ahead of a programme planned by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP).
The VHP claims 20,000 supporters will attend its religious parliament on Sunday to push for a law to expedite the construction of the Ram temple.
Thackeray and his entourage of Shiv Sena supporters are also expected to leave for Maharashtra on Sunday.
Opposition leaders in the state have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena for raking up the Ram temple issue ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year. “To divert attention from their failures, they raised the issue. Had their intentions been good they needn’t have waited for five years. It’s their political tactic, nothing else,” the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said.
Samajwadi Party chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said: “The Supreme Court should take notice of the situation in Uttar Pradesh. It should seriously consider the matter and bring in the Army.”
With additions from PTI