New Delhi: In what could incite a fresh controversy, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said some people think building a temple will help eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic. This came a day after the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone either on August 3 or 5. Also Read – ‘Don’t Take Voters For Granted’: Sharad Pawar Warns BJP in Interview With Shiv Sena’s Saamana
“Eradication of COVID-19 is the priority of the Maharashtra government, but some people think constructing a temple will help in its mitigation,” Pawar told reporters in Solapur when asked about the proposed date for laying of the foundation stone for a Ram temple. Also Read – Ladakh Standoff: Sharad Pawar Again Sides With Modi, Defends PM’s Visit to Leh
Meanwhile, Arvind Sawant, the Shiv Sena MP from Mumbai South, told PTI that Lord Ram was a matter of faith for his party, and that it will not indulge inany politics over the issue. Also Read – ‘Should’ve Asked PM to Speak’: Maharashtra Minister Slams Sharad Pawar For Defending Centre Over Galwan Valley
“Shiv Sena is a leading light of the Ram Mandir movement. (Sena president) Uddhav Thackeray had visited Ayodhya before becoming chief minister and even after taking charge,” he said.
The Sena, the NCP and the Congress are partners in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
Sawant said ensuring health of people and providing them safety are priorities of the Sena-led state government, which is the concept of ‘Ramrajya’ (a rule of justice and truth).
“….We are doing precisely this in our (the state government’s) fight against coronavirus in Maharashtra,” he said.
Notably, PM Modi will visit Ayodhya on August 5 for the ‘bhoomi poojan’ ceremony of Ram temple, sources told Zee News on Sunday. PM Modi will remain in the temple city from 11 AM till 1:10 PM. The ‘bhoomi poojan’ ceremony of the Ram Mandir will begin at 8 AM on August 5, Wednesday.
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