Pune: Modi temple of Pune that was built by a BJP worker and a staunch supporter of PM Narendra Modi at a cost of Rs 1,60,000 in Aundh area, looses the statue of Modi installed in the temple overnight after strong objections were raised by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mayur Munde, a 37-year-old saffron party worker used red marble of Jaipur for the construction of the idol and the temple. Munde, who is associated with real estate, says, “I felt that there should be a temple for the person who built the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. So I decided to build this temple on my premises.”
However, the initiative came under sharp criticism for the Opposition parties and the local BJP leaders too maintained distance from Munde. After the controversy, the bust was removed and Munde went into hiding and is not responding to the phone calls.
Meanwhile, NCP leaders said they were “disappointed” that the bust was removed and took pot shots at BJP. “We had come to the temple and wanted to offer petrol, LPG and food items to the idol as their prices are running at an all-time high. We had decided to pray at the temple to bring down the prices of necessary items, provide employment to youths and solve civic problems of the city but we were disappointed that the bust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been removed,” said city NCP chief Prashant Jagtap.
A local BJP leader said the party was not happy with Munde and he will face action for not informing the party. “The party worker was pulled up by senior leaders for the temple initiative and he immediately removed it. Also, it is an unauthorised construction,” he said.