Ganesh Singh, MP and secretary of the BJP’s executive committee, created a ruckus on Thursday night when temple guards did not do his bidding.
A BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh created a ruckus outside Prabhadevi’s Siddhivinayak Temple in the early hours of Friday morning when he demanded that the temple be opened for him. Ganesh Singh, who is also secretary of the BJP’s executive committee, reached the gate with three of his supporters at around 12:15 am. Siddhivinayak temple usually opens at 4 am for early morning prayers for devotees, but it was set to open at 1:30 on New Year’s Day. Singh though, wasn’t prepared to weight.
“When he was told that the temple was shut, he began throwing his weight around by talking about his position in the BJP. Even when the guards explained that he had to wait until 1:30am, he insisted that the gates be opened,” said Arun Kopkar, an assistant police inspector who was at the entrance when the incident occurred. Singh, Kopkar claims, argued with the temple security and police for at least 10 minutes.
“When he realized that the rules could not be bent for him, he turned away. He returned to the temple at 1.30am and took darshan peacefully,” said Kopkar. The inspector added that no official entry was made regarding the incident. Pravin Naik, a temple trustee said that Singh argued a lot to be allowed inside. “The entire event has been recorded on the police CCTV cameras outside the temple,” Naik said. R D Shinde, assistant commissioner of police, central region, confirmed the incident. Despite Mumbai Mirror’s repeated attempts, Singh remained unavailable for comment.