In another controversy for the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, some residents of Shirdi have announced a bandh from January 19. As per sources, the Saibaba Sansthan Trust has slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for confusing the devotees. Recently, Thackeray had taken a review meeting of the development works in Parbhani district. At that time, he announced that Pathri, considered as the birthplace of Saibaba would be developed as a site for religious tourism.
मुख्यमंत्री मा. श्री. उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांनी आज संभाजीनगर येथे आयोजित बैठकीत परभणी जिल्ह्यातील विविध विकासकामांचा आढावा घेतला. यावेळी परभणी जिल्ह्यातील पाथरी येथे साई जन्मस्थळाची जागा तीर्थक्षेत्राप्रमाणे विकसित करणार असल्याचे त्यांनी सांगितले. pic.twitter.com/37RiqurE5T— Office of Uddhav Thackeray (@OfficeofUT) January 9, 2020
The Saibaba temple at Shirdi is one of the most popular destinations in the country, with lakhs of devotees thronging it every year. There has been a longstanding dispute over his birthplace. Reportedly, the residents of Shirdi have the apprehension that the temple will lose its importance if Pathri is proven as the birthplace of Saibaba. Thackeray has announced a grant of Rs.100 crore for the purpose of developing Pathri.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra CM’s move received the backing of his Cabinet colleague and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan. He mentioned that devotees visited Pathri on a huge scale and it was important to ensure requisite facilities for them. Contending that it was not fair to use the dispute over Saibaba’s birthplace as an excuse, Chavan asserted that the welfare of the pilgrims was of utmost importance.
पाथरी, जि. परभणी येथे मोठ्या संख्येने साईभक्त दर्शनाला जातात व त्यांच्या सोयीसाठी मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी घेतलेला पाथरीच्या मंदीर परिसर विकासाचा निर्णय स्वागतार्ह आहे. साईबाबांच्या जन्मस्थळाच्या वादातून साईभक्तांना सुविधांपासून वंचित ठेवणे योग्य ठरणार नाही.@CMOMaharashtra @OfficeofUT— Ashok Chavan (@AshokChavanINC) January 17, 2020