VHP Demands The Immediate Opening Of Maharashtra Temples
Members of the Vishva Hindu Parishad demanded the immediate opening of the state’s places of worship by the government, failing which they even threatened to break temple locks
After protests by the priests’ community and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to open temples in Maharashtra, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has also joined the agitation. In the case of the Maharashtra government, members of the Hindutva outfit accused Uddhav Thackeray of opening only restaurants, bars and cinema halls but not the temples in the state.
In protest against the continuing lockdown implementation on holy shrines, a Mahajan Andolan will be held by the VHP across temples in the state on October 24, including the six-centuries-old Mumba Devi temple in Mumbai. The saffron political party also alleged that they will get down to breaking the locks of the places of worship if the gates are not opened to the public soon.
Prior to this, BJP had conducted campaigns outside prominent temples like the Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Mumbai and the Sai Baba sanctuary in Shirdi. Slogans were raised against the coalition government in Maharashtra and against the CM for not containing the spread of the infection properly. Demonstrators alleged that the administration was playing with the emotions of the devotees.
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