Devotees resent Goddess Durga on elephant in V P Town

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Jaunpur, Oct 5 (UNI) The fervour of Durga Puja was marred by political overtones when in a puja 'pandal', the idol of Goddess Durga was shown astride the elephant, which happens to be the party symbol of ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in Uttar Pradesh.

The incident came to light at a 'pandal' set up in Phalwali Gali during the ongoing Navratra, where the idol of the Goddess was placed on an 'elephant' rather than a 'lion'. Reportedly, the idol was installed by Jaunpur Nagar Palika Parishad chairman and BSP leader Dinesh Tandon.

It immediately caught the fancy of the political mongers, who spared nothing to highlight it as a deliberate attempt of some overenthusiastic BSP supporters to showcase the party symbol in an objectionable manner.

The matter did not stop here, as one advocate Arvind Kumar Singh lodged an application with Chief Judicial Magistrate court (CJM), demanding an FIR in this connection. ''The move is a blatant act of publicity stunt of the BSP which has hurt the religious sentiments of scores of worshippers,'' the complaint stated.

Meanwhile, the CJM court has sought a report from Kotwali police and would further take up the matter on Monday.

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