`Shiv Sena will oppose HC ban on PoP Ganesh idols`
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray Thursday said that his party will oppose the decision of the Bombay High Court to impose a total ban on the use of Plaster of Paris (PoP) for making Ganesh idols.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray Thursday said that his party will oppose the decision of the Bombay High Court to impose a total ban on the use of Plaster of Paris (PoP) for making Ganesh idols.
"No one has the right to interfere in Hindu festivals. The decision banning use of PoP for Ganesh idols has hurt the Hindu sentiments. Shiv Sena will never tolerate this and will
lead the fight against it," Uddhav said in the Sena mouthpiece `Saamana` today.
The ban was imposed by the Aurangabad division bench of
the Bombay High Court on Tuesday, following a public interest
litigation (PIL) filed by Narendra Dabholkar, president of the
Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), in 2005.
The court ordered that Ganesh idols be made by using soil
and natural colours and warned that criminal cases would be
registered if anyone does not to follow the verdict.
Criticising the MANS, that works to curb superstitions,
for filing the PIL, Uddhav said, "Who are these people and who
gave them the right to interfere in Hindu religion. PoP idols
cannot be the issue of superstition or environment. There is
no question of harming environment since the immersion of
these idols are not done in usable or potable water."
Uddhav also asked them to "fight to save Lavasa and
Jaitapur if they are so concerned about the environment."
The Sena leader has convened a meeting of the Ganesh
idol-makers on Saturday to decide the next line of action on
the decision of the High Court.
Uddhav`s stand on the issue comes as a surprise as the
Sena ruled BMC had initiated the use of eco-friendly Ganesh
idols last year to reduce environment hazard of PoP idols.
Besides, the civic body also makes provision of
artificial ponds for immersion every year to prevent the
natural water-bodies from getting polluted.