A statue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Pune temple has been removed overnight after strong objections were raised by the Prime Minister’s office. The statue was dedicated to PM Modi by a BJP worker in Pune.
Mayur Munde, a 37-year-old BJP worker and a supporter of Prime Minister Modi, built the temple in Pune’s Aundh at a cost of 1,60,000 Rs. Munde said he felt that there should be a temple for the person who built the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. So he decided to build this temple on my premises.
Earlier, in conversation with local journalists, Munde had said said PM Modi’s decisions on Triple Talaq, abraogation of Article 370 in Kashmir and construction of Ram temple are the reasons behind building his temple.
However, Munde’s official confirmation on the issue is still awaited.
Prime Minister’s Office had raised a strong objection to the temple.
Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party took a dig at PM Modi saying muncipal elections are to be held in Pune early next year. Keeping this in mind, the NCP workers reached the temple on Thursday morning with bottles of fuel and performed mock rituals as a mark of protest against the rising fuel prices in India.
After the backlash, the idol, which was removed late on Wednesday, was covered with paper and is now kept in the house of a BJP councillor living nearby.
NCP leader Prashant Jagtap spoke out against the undue glorification of individuals. Every individual has the right to follow his/her school of thoughts, he said. But this type of initiatives of building temple of individual leaders will give a wrong message to society.
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