A self styled leader of Jammu West Assembly constituency Sunil Dimple Thursday offered special prayers for the survivors and deceased pilgrims of Uttarakhand flash floods but while doing so he took every one including priest of Shiv Mandir, New Plot for a ride.
To add more colour to the event Sunil Dimple was himself dressed in saffron coloured Kurta with religious slogans pasted all over the place.
As the bunch of news papers was exhausted the pooja ceremony was called off.Reason, Sunil Dimple was keen on getting himself photographed than performing any pooja.
Sunil Dimple had organised the cosmetic pooja inside the temple to pray for the survivors and deceased who lost their lives in the Uttarakhand flash floods.
While doing so the publicity hungry leader not only hurt the religious sentiments of devouts but also made mockery of the tragedy in Uttarakhand where flash floods have left hundreds of pilgrims dead and several thousand stranded on cut-off road network due to massive landslides and inclement weather conditions.
The same leader is in the habit of organising street protests with alarming frequency and not a single day passes peacefully when he is no seen agitating for a few seconds in front of the bunch of media persons.
When contacted Shiv Mandir priest claimed that it is wrong to perform havan in this order and that too sans fire wood.
He claimed that anyone who has performed a pooja inside the temple has done so for publicity and not for the welfare of any dead or living person. Anyone who is keen to offer prayers would never adopt such methodologies to perform pooja in first place, said the temple priest criticising the group of people who staged a pooja ceremony inside the temple complex on Thursday in order to create favourable news for themselves.
Large number of social and religious organisations have also criticised the publicity hungry leader for taking people for a ride in a bid to garner publicity for himself.