Karnataka: Controversy over temple demolition in Mysore, Siddaramaiah accuses BJP

Controversy has arisen over the demolition of a temple in Nanjangud in Mysore district of Karnataka. Former Chief Minister of the state K. Siddaramaiah has condemned this and accused the BJP. At the same time, the district authorities have claimed that they have received orders to demolish illegal religious structures across the state, which they are following. Officials have claimed that this temple was not on the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) map and was only 12 years old.

On July 1 this year, state chief secretary P. Ravi Kumar wrote a letter to the deputy commissioners of all districts, saying that there were 6,395 religious structures in public places in Karnataka that were built illegally. On 29 September 2009, their number was 5,688. He wrote that in 12 years, the government has been able to demolish or relocate or regulate only 2,887 structures.

According to the government, Dakshina Kannada district has the highest number of 1,579 religious structures illegal. It is followed by 740 in Shivamogga, 612 in Belagavi, 397 in Kolar, 352 in Bagalkot, 324 in Dharwad, 315 in Mysore and 306 in Koppal.

Siddaramaiah raised questions? Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has raised questions on the demolition of a Hindu temple in Nanjangud. Accusing the BJP, he said that this temple has been demolished without taking the advice of the people, due to which the religious sentiments of the people have been hurt. He also said that for this the officials did not follow the correct procedure. If demolition was necessary, it should have been given elsewhere. He has demanded from the government to give another place for the temple.

Politics started?

BJP MP from Mysore Pratap Simha while sharing the video of temple demolition asked- ‘Who had trouble with this temple?’

On this tweet, Congress spokesperson Lavanya Ballal said, ‘You have to answer this. There is a BJP government in India. How did you let this happen? Are you asking PM Modi and CM Basavaraj Bommai?’

The Chief Secretary, in his letter, had ordered the district administration and local body officials to demolish at least one such illegal religious structures in every taluk and every division every week. Altogether 6,395 religious structures are to be demolished. Both MLA and MP in Nanjangud belong to BJP.

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