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Shirdi Bandh: Shops, Eateries, Local Transport Shut

Shirdi: Retailers, eateries, numerous different industrial institutions and native transport remained shut within the Shirdi temple city of Maharashtra on Sunday in response to the bandh known as over an issue on the birthplace of 19th century saint Saibaba.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has convened a gathering over the problem on the state secretariat in Mumbai on Monday.

The bandh started right here at midnight, however the Saibaba temple remained open with devotees being allowed to supply prayers, officers of the temple belief and Ahmednagar district administration stated.

The ‘prasadalaya’ and the temple kitchen had been additionally open to make sure devotees weren’t inconvenienced, they stated.

Lengthy queues of devotees had been seen in entrance of the ‘prasadalaya’, breakfast centre and ‘laddoo’ sale centres of the temple, in keeping with sources.

Terming the bandh as “successful”, native BJP functionary Sachin Tambe Patil, who’s former trustee of the Saibaba temple, stated, “Commercial establishments, shops, restaurants and local transport (autorickshaws and other private vehicles) are closed and a complete shutdown is being observed in the town as well as in 25 villages around Shirdi.”

“However, the temple is open and devotees are coming to offer prayers,” he stated, including {that a} rally has been organised right here on Sunday.

Devotees who made pre-bookings at motels had been allowed to remain and taxi companies from the airport to the temple had been additionally unaffected, the district administration official stated.

The state transport buses from different areas had been being allowed to come back to the city, he added.

Former Maharashtra minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who’s the native BJP MLA, on Saturday stated he supported the bandh name.

The controversy started after Chief Minister Thackeray introduced a grant of Rs 100 crore for growth of amenities at “Sai janmasthan” (birthplace) at Pathri in Parbhani district.

Native residents and leaders in Shirdi took exception to the chief minister’s announcement, saying the birthplace of the famed saint was not identified, and Pathri can not make a declare to being his birthplace.

They’re demanding that Thackeray withdraw his official assertion the place he described Pathri as Saibaba’s birthplace.

It was at Shirdi in Ahmednagar district the place Saibaba, whose devotees reduce throughout non secular traces, spent a lot of his life.

(PTI)

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