THE Shiv Sena on Thursday said it has sought the post of Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, but added that making this demand does not mean it is disappointed with the Narendra Modi-led Government. Sena President Uddhav Thackeray told reporters in Kolhapur that demanding the Deputy Speaker’s post is his party’s “right” and does not mean that it is “disappointed” with the BJP-led government.
“This demand will not impact on our alliance with the BJP for the ensuing Maharashtra Assembly elections,” he said. Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut said the demand has been conveyed to the BJP. “The party has sought Deputy Speaker’s post. We have conveyed our demand to the BJP,” he told PTI. Raut said Thackeray and all the 18 Lok Sabha MPs of the party will visit Ayodhya next week, before the start of the Parliament’s session.
The purpose of the visit is to reaffirm the party’s commitment to construction of Ram temple at the disputed site, Raut said. Thackeray had visited Ayodhya in November 2018 too, in an apparent bid to mount pressure on the Modi-led government on the Ram temple issue. The ties between the Sena and the BJP were under considerable strain before the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. The two parties, however, stitched up an alliance for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls later.