The Idol of Lord Shiva to be installed in Raj Bhawan
By Madhu Singh
The Governor Anandiben Patel perfomed Bhoomi Poojan
The issue may spark political controversy
In an intrguing and somewhat debatable move the statue of Lord Shiva will be installed in the premise of Raj Bhawan in the state capital, the official accomodation of the head of the State, the Governor.
The Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has perfomed Bhoomi Poojan (a religious activity or worshipping before starting some construction work on the concerned land).
This was stated in an official communique from Raj Bhawan. It further stated that the proposed statue of Lord Shiva will be four feet in height and will be installed on a platform granite measuring ten feet in length and seven feet in width. The back of statue will have seven feet mountain beside other related sites, the communique further stated.
This move is bound to stir controversy in the political circle as it will provide yet another tool to anti BJP camp to raise an accusing finger on the real motive behind the proposed move.
Keeping in view the senstivity of the issue as its related with Raj Bhawan, no BJP leader is vocal on the issue yet this makes them joyful.’
‘ If Jharkhand assembly can provide a separate room for offering namaz by Muslims, giving a new height to Muslim appeasement , what harm is if a small statue of Lord Shiva is installed in a corner of the vast premises of Raj Bhawan” commented a BJP leader on condition of anonymity.
An administrative officer who served Raj Bhawan in an influential capacity has come up with another version. ” Over the years during the pious month of Ramadan the Raj Bhawan hosts the roza-iftar party and namaz is offered, the sky will not fall if the idol of Lord Siva is installed” he said. ”The question of secularism-communalism is irrevelant , immaterial as the likes or dislikes of Governor is final and ultimate authority in Raj Bhawan” he quipped .
However it has to be seen how the poltical parties react to this innovative intitation of Raj Bhawan as in all likelihood the issue may take a poltical color as the ensuing assembly election is getting closer.