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Shani Shingnapur row: Bhumata Brigade says CM supports crusade

india Updated: Jan 28, 2016 00:40 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Activist Trupti Desai met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to press for their demand of women's entry to Shani Shingnapur temple.(PTI)

A day after she tried to storm into the Shani Shingnapur temple with her supporters, Trupti Desai, who is spearheading the right to worship crusade, met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday and requested him to visit the shrine with his wife.

After her meeting, Desai said Fadnavis told her he supported her crusade.

In a letter she handed over to the chief minister, Desai asked Fadnavis to suspend the trust and appoint a government administrator. She also requested him to visit the temple along with his wife Amruta.

Desai said she would also write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi apprising him about the situation here.

Meanwhile, though the trustees at the Shani temple were firm on their stand of not allowing women inside the temple, they said the trust was ready to have a dialogue with the Bhumata Brigade.

The trust showed its readiness for talks with the women activists after the chief minister asked the temple authorities to sort out the issue through dialogue.

Several women, en route the Shani Shingnapur temple to break the decades-old tradition that has prohibited women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of lord Shani, were stopped by the police at Supa, 70 kilometers away from the temple, on Tuesday afternoon.

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