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AP Chief Minister justifies removal of temples

AP Chief Minister justifies removal of temples
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A day after the TDP-BJP leaders fought on the streets over displacement of temples as part of beautification of Vijayawada for the Krishna Pushkaralu, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday justified the removal of places of worship. The Chief Minister inspected the Krishna Pushkaralu works and the bathing ghats along the river.

Vijayawada: A day after the TDP-BJP leaders fought on the streets over displacement of temples as part of beautification of Vijayawada for the Krishna Pushkaralu, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday justified the removal of places of worship. The Chief Minister inspected the Krishna Pushkaralu works and the bathing ghats along the river.

The Chief Minister justified the removal of several temples, churches and masjids from the road margins and bathing ghats. While interacting with the media persons, he said that the removal was part of the beautification of Vijayawada for the impending Pushkaralu.

Citing a ruling given by the Supreme Court to remove unclaimed and unregistered temples along the roadside, the Chief Minister said that temples removed in Vijayawada were part of the road widening works and were strictly followed by the Supreme Court directions. However, he said that the government would restore some of the temples after Pushkaralu. He also directed the officials to follow the religious practices while removing temples and displacing the idols.

He said he would not allow the officials to dishonour the places of worship and hurt the sentiments of the people.
The Chief Minister sought to advise the leaders of TDP and BJP not to take the issue on to the streets. He asked them to iron out differences within the four walls and not fight on the streets.

He said that the two parties, which are part of the government, should not give wrong impression on alliance by fighting on the streets. Interestingly, a few minutes after the Chief Minister advised the TDP and BJP leaders not to fight on the streets, BJP Minister Kamineni Srinivas and MP Gokaraju Gangaraju joined the Hindu Parirakshana Samithi meeting held in One Town against the displacement of temples.

Led by the religious heads, the meeting condemned the indiscriminate removal of temples in Vijayawada and called it desecration of Hinduism by the government. The TDP leaders are up in arms against the BJP MP from Narasapur, Gangaraju, for his intervention in the city affairs and his initiative of involving Peetadhipatis to rally in the city against the removal of temples.

Local MP Kesineni Srinivas and MLC Buddha Venkanna have openly criticised the BJP leaders for instigating people against the government on the sensitive issue. However, the BJP leaders, including Minister Kamineni joined the rally further intensifying the issue and increasing the gap between the two alliance partners.

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