Chairmanship of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust to go to BJP: Maharashtra minister

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The Maharashtra government has decided to give chairmanship of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust to BJP, while the post of Mumbai-based Siddhivinayak temple’s chairman would go to Shiv Sena, a state minister has said.

The issue of Kolhapur’s Devasthan would be resolved shortly, Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde said.

“It has been decided to give chairmanship of the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust to the BJP, while the post of the Mumbai-based Siddhivinayak temple’s chairman would go to the Shiv Sena,” he said.

The state government plans to announce the boards of trustees of the Shirdi’s Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust as well as the Siddhivinayak temple’s trust shortly after the Monsoon Session of the legislature, Shinde said.

He said that lakhs of devotees from different parts of the country and abroad are expected to reach Shirdi for the 2018 Shri Saibaba Samadhi Centenary celebrations.

The state government would provide adequate funding to the Sansthan to undertake various development works and also attempt to get additional funds from the central government for the occasion, he said.

Replying to a question about stoppage of work on roads in Shirdi due to the Kumbh Mela in Nashik, he said that the work will be completed soon.

He said that if the Sansthan provided place in the premises of temple, the government would set up a police station so that devotees could lodge complaints.