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Allow all places of worship to reopen in Maharashtra: Ramdas Athawale writes to CM, Governor

In the letter, Athawale said that all places of worship should be started keeping in mind that people follow rules to contain the spread of the coronavirus and practice social distancing.

Allow all places of worship to reopen in Maharashtra: Ramdas Athawale writes to CM, Governor
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Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice in the Narendra Modi government, has demanded the Maharashtra government to allow temples, mosques and Buddhist monasteries to reopen in the state. 

Athawale, Republican Party of India (A) chief, has written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari demanding that all places of worship should be allowed to open. 

A delegation of minority front of RPI (A), led by party’s Mumbai unit President Hasan Shaikh urged Athawale to start the mosques in Maharashtra. As this happened, the Union Minister wrote a letter to the Chief Minister demanding all places of worship to reopen. 

In the letter, Athawale said that all places of worship should be started keeping in mind that people follow rules to contain the spread of the coronavirus and practice social distancing. 

“Places of worship were closed for public in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Malls, markets and other industries have been allowed to operate. Therefore, the places of worship including temples, mosques and Buddhist monasteries should also be allowed to reopen,” Athawale said.  

The Bombay High Court has recently instructed the administration to allow the opening of Jain temples for ‘Paryushan’. Following the same, the state government should also allow other places of worship to reopen. 

Athawale has also backed the demand to open the Vitthal temple in Pandharpur. Earlier, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar urged the Maharashtra government to reopen all major temples in the state. He also said that VBA will support the Pandharpur agitation to show solidarity. 

The monks belonging to the Wakari sect have planned to hold a huge protest against the Maharashtra government to press their demand of reopening the temples in the states amid the coronavirus outbreak. The agitation is scheduled to be held in Pandharpur on August 31 and the chiefs of several temples will also participate.

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