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Modi tweets displeasure on temple plans

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was shocked and appalled by reports of a temple dedicated to him being built in his home state Gujarat following which his supporters dropped the plan and have decided to remove his bust.

Modi, who said he was saddened by the news reports about the temple, asked people to instead put time and resources in fulfilling his dream of ‘Clean India’.

Have seen the news about a temple being built in my name. I was appalled. This is shocking & against India’s great traditions. “Building such temples is not what our culture teaches us. Personally, it made me very sad. Would urge those doing it not to do it,” Modi said in a series of tweets. The message was quick to hit home, with members of the ‘Om Yuva Group’, who were behind the temple dedicated to Modi on Kothariya Road in Rajkot, cancelling its inauguration scheduled for February 15 and said they will now install an idol of ‘Bharat Mata’ at the shrine.

“We felt pained that we hurt sentiments of our ‘God’ (Modi) and after his displeasure we have covered his idol installed at the temple,” group leader said.
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