Pune : BJP and Hindutva Organisations Allege Illegal Construction At Punyeshwar Temple, Protest Against PMC For Inaction

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Pune 21st August 2023: Several hindutva organisations of the city and members of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday held a protest outside the Pune Municipal Commissioner’s office demanding action on the alleged illegal construction being conducted at the historic Punyeshwar temple. The protestos were carrying posters demanding resignation of the municipal commissioner.

Later the leaders met the municipal commissioner at his office and ended the protest after assurance of action on the matter. Dheeraj Ghate, city president of BJP said “Punyewashar is a sacred place for us. We demand that the PMC should remove the illegal construction from the temple premises. I had come to meet the Municipal Commissioner on this matter and requested him to issue a stop work order.”

Ghate also said that he has also discussed the matter with guardian minister Chandrakant Patil and he has assured to arrange a joint meeting of police and officials of the municipal corporation on the matter.

Founder of Samasta Hindu Aghadi Milind Ekbote further warned of larger protests by the hindu organisation on the matter. “PMC only gave a stop work order on the matter earlier but they did not demolish the construction done illegally in the temple premises. If PMC does not act on the issue by Thursday then hindu people from Pune will reach the temple on Monday and protest on the matter.”

It may be noted that the political parties in the past have alleged that the two temples of the city Punrshwar and Narayaneshwar were replaced by Dargahs. The case had also reached the high court.


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