Temple made for PM Narendra Modi in Pune

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Temple made for PM Narendra Modi in Pune (Image: Twitter/alishaikh3310)
Temple made for PM Narendra Modi in Pune (Image: Twitter/alishaikh3310)

Pune : A BJP worker in Pune inaugurated a temple of PM Narendra Modi on the Independence Day. The 37-year-old Mayur Munde claims that it a tribute to PM Modi from him for building 'Ram temple at Ayodhya'. 

The small roadside temple measuring 6ft x 2.5ft x 7.5 ft has been constructed in Pune's Aundh area.

Journalist Ali Shaikh shared the picture of the temple on Twitter and wrote, "Mayur Munde a #BJP worker from Pune has built a temple of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Aundh area of Pune. Spent Rs 1.5 Lakhs and 6 months to get the work completed."

"After assuming charges as the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi has done a lot of developmental work and dealt with issues such as the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, Ram Mandir temple and triple talaq successfully," said Munde, who is a real estate agent. "I thought that for a person who built Ram temple in Ayodhya, there should be a shrine, so I decided to construct this temple on my own premises," he told reporters.

Inside the temple a bust of PM Modi has also been placed. It has been brought from Jaipur and the total expenditure to build the temple was around Rs 1.6 lakh, he said. 

Meanwhile, the Opposition has criticised the act and called it fanaticism. “It is a height of fanaticism. On the one hand, BJP is removing names of former Prime Ministers from schemes and on the other, its workers are building temples of its leaders,” Congress spokesperson Anant Gadgil told TOI.

“One can definitely have loyalty to any leader. But such deification of an individual, no matter who he is, will not be tolerated by a city like Pune,” Prashant Jagtap, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president for Pune, told Hindustan Times.