The Supreme Court's verdict on the Ram Jamanbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute scheduled for Saturday could just bring Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena together again in Maharashtra.
Both the parties have individually supported the construction of a grand temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and have often talked about it during election campaigns.
After the word of wars between BJP and Shiv Sena broke out in Maharashtra on Friday over government formation, the two members of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are in the verge of breaking the alliance in the state.
"We are hopeful that some kind of attempts would be made by both sides to discuss government formation in Maharashtra. The issue should now be handled by the central leadership of BJP instead of leaders in Maharashtra. The top leaders should speak to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on power sharing arrangement," said a senior leader of BJP in Maharashtra.
Before the Lok Sabha election campaign earlier this year, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had categorically demanded that a temple should be constructed at the disputed site at the earliest and the union government should take legislative steps to ensure construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The demand of Shiv Sena got instant support from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the ruling BJP.
RSS leaders have always maintained and have often nudged the leaders of both BJP and Shiv Sena to join hands instead of attacking each other like political opponents. RSS leaders are keen that BJP leaders reach out to Shiv Sena chief to end the differences in Maharashtra.