Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh has urged Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to dismiss state Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta from the Cabinet for having laid the foundation of a sati temple at Hissar in Haryana.

Mr. Singh, in a letter to Mr. Chouhan on Thursday, said that on one hand, the state government describes itself as a well-wisher of women and on the other, its ministers go to other states and lay foundation stones for sati temples.

Mr. Singh said that society had long back given up the evil practice of sati.

The foundation stone ceremony for the temple was reportedly held earlier this month following which women social activists had criticised the move as an act of glorification of sati and demanded a ban on the construction of the temple.