Places of Praise in Maharashtra to Resume from Monday, Says CM Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the places of spiritual worship throughout the state, which were shut given that the COVID-19 lockdown in March, will reopen from Monday. Thackeray said this in a statement.
Extending greetings to people on the event of Diwali, he stated, “We can’t forget that the demon coronavirus is still among us. Despite the fact that this devil is gradually falling quiet now, we can not be complacent. People need to follow discipline.” “Similar to discipline and restraint were observed while commemorating Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri and Pandharpur wari (yearly pilgrimage), followers of other faiths likewise celebrated celebrations like Eid, Mount Mary festival by keeping the COVID-19 safety protocol in mind,” he said.
The primary minister said that although places of worship needed to be shut throughout the pandemic, god was taking care of all enthusiasts in the form of doctors, nurses and other health personnel.
He stated that after the spiritual places of praise are reopened from Diwali Padwa that falls on Monday, guidelines and security protocol need to be followed strictly. “Crowding will need to avoided. The reopening of religious locations is not a federal government order, but the wish of the Almighty. Shoes will need to kept outside the facilities and using masks is compulsory,” he said.
” If we follow discipline, we will get God’s true blessings,” Thackeray said. The chief minister was repeatedly being targeted by the opposition BJP for keeping the places of praise shut even as the Unlock process began in June.
Nevertheless, Thackeray had protected his decision stating it was difficult to follow physical distancing at the locations of worship. Throughout his last webcast address to residents, he had said that standard operating procedures (SOPs) were being prepared and the choice on reopening of these places will be taken after Diwali.
The issue had likewise resulted in a standoff between Thackeray and Guv B S Koshyari, who advised the Shiv Sena president of his Hindutva credentials and asked if he had turned secular. The guv’s letter to the chief minister was criticised by the MVA allies.
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