Unlock 5.0: Should Places Of Worship Reopen Ahead Of Festive Season?
A row has erupted after Maharashtra Governor sent a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray of reopening places of worship in the state.
The issue of opening of temples in Maharashtra led to a “letter war” between Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, with the former questioning the Shiv Sena leader’s Hindu credentials. The CM was prompt to reply that he did not require any certificate of Hindutva from the Governor. After visits by several delegations of the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders demanding the opening of temples, Koshyari wrote to Thackeray on Monday (October 13), asking whether he has suddenly turned ‘secular.’
The Governor even asked the CM if he is receiving ‘divine premonition’ to keep postponing the reopening of places of worship. Mr Koshiyari wrote, “I wonder if you are receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing the reopening of the places of worship time and again or have you suddenly turned ‘secular’ yourselves, the term you hated?” Mr Koshiyari said it is ironic that on the one hand, the government has permitted the opening of bars and restaurants, while on the other, our gods and goddesses have been condemned to remain in lockdown.
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