Temple Reopening Demand In Maharashtra; BJP Protests
BJP workers protest outside Siddhivinayak temple against the state government, demanding that all temples in Maharashtra should be re-opened.
On Tuesday (October 13), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra staged protests across the state, demanding reopening of temples amid Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. BJP workers gathered in large numbers and staged protests in front of temples in Mumbai and other parts of the state. They also criticised the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government, comprising of the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and alleged that the latter could reopen restaurants and bars despite the contagion, but not temples.
BJP workers shouted slogans against the state government while flouting the protocol to maintain social distancing that has been enforced because of the viral outbreak. The agitations were reported from some of the prominent temples in the state such as Siddhivinayak temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai; Sai Baba temple in Shirdi; Tambdi Jogeshwari temple in Pune and Vitthal Rakhumai Temple in Pandharpur. At the Siddhivinayak temple, the BJP supporters performed a symbolic aarti in front of the shrine. ‘The state government has opened restaurants, bars and wine shops but it is not allowing the temples to reopen.
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