SPEAKING at an event in the city, Maharashtra Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde said that those who wanted to enter the Shani Shingnapur temple with faith were welcome but those who were adamant on breaking the tradition should not violate the peace of the society.
Munde, at the same time, said she doesn’t believe in the “walls created by caste and religion”.
The minister was talking at “Savata Parishad”, a conclave organised by Mali community at Abasaheb Garware College grounds on Sunday.
“I have the view that until now we were fighting to dismantle the walls of caste system. Now why should we create new dispute by getting into this male versus female fight? Those who want to enter the Shani temple with faith are welcome. But those who are adamant to get in, should not violate the peace of the society,” she told reporters.
“I am a progressive and modern person. I have never believed in narrow walls of caste and religion. I recognise the efforts taken by likes of Mahatma Phule and Savitribai Phule in taking our society forward. I am in this position because they fought with society and suffered,” she said.
She also announced that the state government will grant a financial aid of Rs 1 crore to the Savata temple in Aran village in Solapur District.