The announcement came amid strong opposition from Uttar Pradesh BJP MP Brij Bhushan Saran Singh, who warned that Thackeray would not be allowed to enter Ayodhya unless he publicly apologized for “insulting” North Indians in the past.
“The visit to Ayodhya has been postponed for the time being. Details will be announced at a rally in Pune on May 22,” the MNS president said on Twitter.
The tour has been postponed due to reports that Thackeray is not feeling well.
Thackeray announced his visit to Ayodhya at a rally last month.
Talking about development, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande said people should wait till Sunday to know the reason for cancellation of the tour.
Another MNS leader, Bala Nandgaonkar, said that during his rally in Pune on May 22, he would explain the reasons why Raj Thackeray had postponed his visit to Ayodhya.
He declined to comment on whether the MNS chief was ill. “Health is a personal matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said there could be political reasons behind the MNS chief’s latest decision.
“People of Ayodhya have opposed Raj Thackeray’s visit and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has expressed his displeasure with the people of UP for opposing his visit,” Raut said.
“I pray to Lord Ram that Raj Thackeray’s health improves. The visit was publicized and now it has been postponed. There may be some political reasons. BJP is known for its use-throw policy. Shiv Sena has come out of it. For 25 years it After feeling, ”he complained.
The BJP tried to raise loudspeaker and Hanuman Chalisa issues to polarize the people, but nothing happened, he said.
Raut added that Shiv Sena leader and state minister Aditya Thackeray would visit Ayodhya on June 15 as per the previously announced schedule and added that it was not a political visit.
In April this year, Raj Thackeray demanded the removal of loudspeakers from mosques in Maharashtra, a stand supported by the main opposition BJP.