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“It is not right in God’s sight to obey men rather than God.”

Bihar temple washed after Scheduled Caste Chief Minister’s visit

PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi alleged on Sunday that a temple in Madhubani was “washed” after his visit. He said that the people behind the incident, however, do not hesitate to touch his feet to seek “personal favours”.

Recalling the incident, Manjhi said he visited Parmeshwari Sthan, in Brahmin-dominated Tharhi village in Rajnagar assembly constituency, during the bypoll campaign last month. “My ministerial colleague Ram Lashan Raman told me how the deity and temple were cleaned soon after I visited the temple. This was when I had gone on the request of someone,” said Manjhi, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste.

“Those who would not hesitate to touch my feet to seek personal favours nurse such feelings… Tell me what is this?” he said, speaking at a function to commemorate late Bihar CM Bhola Paswan Shastri.

However, no case has been lodged against the temple priests in the absence of a formal complaint.