Maharashtra CM's Decision To Develop Pathri Draws Ire, Shirdi Residents Call For Bandh

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Some residents of Shirdi have announced a bandh from January 19 following the decision of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to develop Pathri.

Written By Akhil Oka | Mumbai | Updated On:

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.

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The dispute over the birthplace of Saibaba

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.  

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Ashok Chavan backs Uddhav Thackeray's decision

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.  

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