Deccan Express: Sambhaji Bhide, a right-wing leader known for his controversial statements has once again made another remark linking Pandharpur wari and Covid-19 cases.
During his visit to the Sangali district collector Abhijeet Choudhary, Bhide said that the pandemic is growing due to no permission to conduct the wari. If wari takes place it will help not only India but the world to get rid of the virus.
He met the district collector with warkaries and handed over a letter seeking permission for the wari in the state.
Pandharpur Wari is an annual pilgrimage to Pandharpur where lakhs of people participate in the procession with Palkhis of Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram from Alandi and Dehu respectively to Pandharpur.
In his meeting with the collector, Bhide told the collector that if we follow the traditions of the saints all obstacles will end. He adds if we want the country free from covid-19 then permission should be granted for the wari.
Presently the government has instructed to take palkhis of Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar by vehicle. But Bhide demanded that instead of taking the palkhis in vehicles, the government should allow taking palkhi procession on foot which has been a tradition. Just limit the number of people participating in it.
Bhide who earlier has created controversies like couples were blessed with sons after eating mangoes from his orchard He also advised people do not wear masks as only stupid people wear them etc.