‘Don’t demolish temples in state, guidelines to be issued soon’: Karnataka CM Bommai

The direction by Karnataka Chief Minister came after the ruling BJP came under fire in connection with razing of a temple in Mysuru’s Nanjangud.
Basavaraj Bommai
Basavaraj Bommai
Written by:

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on September 14 directed the officials not to demolish temples in haste following a Supreme Court order. Following the court order on unauthorised religious structures in the state, the authorities in Karnataka are considering measures to get rid of such illegal structures constructed on public land. Bommai said that direction has been issued not to take decisions regarding demolition of temples in a haste all across the state.

Clear guidelines will be issued after a detailed study of the Supreme Court order and discussion in the cabinet meeting, Bommai underlined. He also said that a show-cause notice has been issued to the Mysuru District Commissioner and Tahasildar for not taking people into confidence before demolishing temples in the district.

The ruling BJP is under fire from all corners in connection with vacating places of religious worship built on public properties in the state following the Supreme Court order.

As the district administration began vacating places of religious worship across the state, the ruling BJP is facing stiff resistance from Hindu outfits, opposition parties and their own leaders. Recently, razing of a temple by the Mysuru district administration at Nanjangud triggered a row in the state.

Hindu Jagaran Vedike, a powerful Hindu outfit, has announced that it is planning a massive protest against the Mysuru district administration which is planning to demolish 97 places of worship, of which 93 are Hindu temples. It has been announced that the protest will be held on September 16, when Jagadish Karanth, the outfit's in-charge for South India, will visit Mysuru.

Opposition leader Siddaramaiah has posted a video of a temple being demolished near Nanjangud, saying that temples are not safe under the BJP rule in the state.

MP Pratap Simha alleged that only Hindu temples were being targeted. He claimed that the district officials have not been giving time to shift the sacred ‘kalasa’ and that they were twisting Supreme Court order. "It never prescribed direct demolitions. There is scope for shifting the temples. The officers are targeting Hindu temples as they think they can be soft targets. We will not tolerate this. Will they dare to touch illegal Masjids and Dargahs,” Simha said.

Related Stories

No stories found.
The News Minute