State may re-open temples soon

CM Uddhav Thackeray - Temples

Mumbai : After opening of Bar and restaurants, now the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is seriously considering to open religious places for the public. Bar and restaurants have started functioning from today across the state.

The Shiv Sena spokesman and Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut on Monday said that the chief minister Thackeray is holding discussions with various religious organisations and he will soon take a decision on re-opening places of worship in the state.

The Sena MP said this when some reporters pointed out that restaurants have been allowed to operate again with their capacity not exceeding 50 per cent or as prescribed by local authorities, but temples have not been reopened in the state. Raut reminded that the chief minister had earlier said that the unlocked would be materialised in the state in a phased manner and hence now the government would also take a decision to reopen the temples and other religious places in the state. “Uddhavji is speaking to organisations representing all religions. Soon, the chief minister will take a decision on it,” he further said.

Answering a question Raut said that the decision on the number of seats to be contested by the Shiv Sena in the ensuing Bihar Assembly elections is expected to be taken in a day or two. The party is discussing about contesting the Bihar polls. “Our people in Bihar want us to contest at least 50 seats. However, the party wants to contest at least 30 to 40 seats. A decision on it will be taken today or tomorrow,” the Sena leader said.

The Sena can field a candidate against the former Bihar director general of police Gupteshwar Pandey, if he contests in the coming elections. Pandey has taken a VRS recently to contest the state elections. Pandey also accused the Mumbai police and BMC for non-cooperating Bihar police who had been to Mumbai to investigate Sushant Singh Rajput’s mysterious death a few weeks ago.