Days after reports suggested that Maharashtra Chief Uddhav Thackeray was "no more welcome in Ayodhya" following the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's demolition of part of Kangana Ranaut's Bandra office, the Vishva Hindu Parishad has clarified.
"News about VHP banning Maharashtra CM Shri Uddhav Thackerys entry to Ayodhya is not the official stand of VHP, any statement issued in individual capacity is not our official stand all Hindus are welcome to Ayodhya (sic)," tweeted VHP Spokesperson Shriraj Nair.
Earlier reports had suggested that in light of the ongoing rift between the actor and the Maharashtra government, Chief Minister Thackeray and his party were not welcome.
An IANS report had quoted Mahant Raju Das, priest of the Hanuman Garhi temple as saying that the Sena and its chief would "face stiff opposition from seers of Ayodhya if he comes here." "The Maharashtra government acted without wasting any time against the actress. But the same government is yet to take action against the killers of two seers in Palghar," he had noted.
Mahant Kanhaiya Das, head of the Ayodhya Sant Samaj had echoed the comments, adding that the party was not "what it used to be under Balasaheb Thackeray".