The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday came down heavily on Maharashtra Chief Minister Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray for suggesting that Bhumi Pujan of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on August 5 be performed through video conferencing. VHP Working President Alok Kumar said that the statement of Uddhav Thackeray shows a fall of what once was a Hindutva Party led by the legendary Bala Sahab Thackeray. This is the first time Shiv Sena was inviting the wrath of VHP.
In a statement, VHP Working President wondered how Bhumi Pujan-like sacred ritual can be conducted through e-conference and said that the VHP “mourn” on the fall of Shiv Sena, which was a Hindutva party. Suggesting a video conference citing Corona is a false pretense, said Alok Kumar.
The VHP has always made it clear that the Bhumi Pujan will be done by restricting participation to 200 persons and complying with all health and security advisories.
Alok Kumar said that “we are concerned with the statement of Uddhav Thackeray suggesting that the Bhumi Pujan should be performed by video-conferencing. The statement of Uddhav Thackeray only shows his blind opposition and we do mourn such a fall of what once was a Hindutva Party led by the legendary Bala Sahab Thackeray”.
“Bhumi Pujan is an essential and sacred ritual. Before starting any construction work we worship Mother Earth, seek Her permission to dig and construct structures, and obtain Her blessings for the mission. Obviously, this cannot be done by e-conference.”
“The Country is going through its normal activities with all precautions relating to Covid-19. The Supreme Court permitted the symbolic taking out of Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra. The rituals of Shri Amarnath Yatra have all been performed though the yatra is not permitted this year. The VHP has always made it clear that the Bhumi Pujan will be done by restricting participation to 200 persons and complying with all health and security advisories. In this situation, the concern about public health expressed by Thackeray are only false pretensions,” said VHP Working President.
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