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Reopening places of worship is neither victory nor defeat for anyone: Raut | India News

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MUMBAI: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said Sunday that the Maharashtra government’s decision to reopen places of religious worship in the state was neither a victory nor a defeat for anyone.
Speaking to reporters here, Raut said he couldn’t take credit for reopening places of worship.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced on Saturday that religious places of worship in Maharashtra, which have been closed since the Covid-19 shutdown in March, will reopen starting Monday.
According to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) published by the state government, religious sites located outside the Covid-19 containment zones will be able to remain open according to the hours decided by the authorities, and devotees will be able to enter in a staggered manner.
“SOPs written by the government must be strictly followed. There is no need to take credit. It was God’s will that people stay home, and now it is God’s will that places of worship reopen with caution.” Raut said.
To a question about the BJP saying that the reopening of the temples was a victory for Hindutva, he said that not only the temples, all the places of worship will be opened. “This is not anyone’s victory or defeat,” Raut said.
They were shut down on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena’s chief spokesman said.
When asked about his 60th birthday on Sunday, the Rajya Sabha member said: “I have spent half my life in ‘Saamana’ (Sena’s spokesperson), the force of Shiv Sena, and I will continue to do so.”
Raut is currently the executive editor of ‘Saamana’.
Earlier on Saturday, when asked about Barack Obama’s comments on Congressional Leader Rahul Gandhi in the former US president’s new book, Raut told reporters that “foreign leaders cannot comment on politicians of our country “.

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