Social activist Anna Hazare has questioned the Maharashtra government’s stand of not reopening temples in the state. He said that if there is an agitation to lift the ban on temples, he will give his support. Hazare questioned the Maha Vikas Aghadi government’s refusal to reopen temples. For this, he took a dig at the government, pointing out the long queues outside the liquor shops.
On Saturday at Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district, Hazare said a delegation of some people demanding reopening of temples had met him. Why is the state government not opening the temple? What danger does the state government see in opening the temple to the people? If Kovid-19 is the reason, then why are there huge queues outside liquor shops.
‘If there is a movement, we will give support’
Hazare, 84, said he assured his support to the delegation and told them that he would be with them if they agitate to demand the reopening of temples. The Uddhav Thackeray-led government has reopened several areas in view of the improvement in the coronavirus situation and fully vaccinated people have been allowed to travel in local trains in Mumbai.
BJP is demanding to open the temple
However, the state government is still shying away from reopening religious places fearing the spread of the coronavirus, especially as a third wave of the pandemic is being anticipated. Notably, the opposition BJP has been demanding that the temples be reopened for the people. Maharashtra reported 4,831 new cases of coronavirus and 126 deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of infections in the state to 64,52,273 and the death toll to 1,37,026, a health department official said.