The Andhra Pradesh Endowments Minister, Velampalli Srinivasa Rao, on Wednesday, Dec 16, came down heavily on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for protesting against temple demolitions that took place 3 years ago when BJP was in power in coalition with Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Rao stated that he had protested against the temple demolitions against the then K Chandrasekhar Rao led state government, however, his protests didn’t yield any desired results to stop the demolitions. He alleged that the then BJP leadership called his agitation my personal protest and refused to support him then.
“I held an agitation against the temples’ demolitions, the then BJP leadership called it my personal agitation and distanced from me, as BJP was in alliance with TDP then,” said State Endowment Minister, Rao, quoted ANI.
Rao slammed the BJP’s allegations that the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) has commenced selling temple lands. He asserted that the process of selling the temple lands in the state began when TDP along with BJP were in power in the state. He recalled that the process began when BJP had its own Endowment Minister in the TDP led state government.
Rao further reprehended BJP for conspiring against the Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy led state government and questioned BJP’s locus standi in questioning the current government in the temple demolitions row. “The attacks on temples in the state are a conspiracy by opposition parties. The BJP, TDP and JSP have no right to question the YSRCP government on temples,” stated the State Endowment Minister in his byte to ANI news.
To recall, around 40 odd small and ancient temples in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada area were demolished in 2016 for developmental work in the river banks of Krishna Pushkarams. The action by the then TDP-BJP government had attracted public furore for the impugned action by the then ruling parties, BJP & TDP.