Andhra Pradesh (VSK). Hindu Dharma Parirakshana samiti, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and several Hindu dharmic organizations organized a public meeting in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh to condemn the demolition of nearly 40 temples in the city by government officials in the last week. Sadhus and swamijis from various organizations addressed the gathering and demanded that the state government to rebuild the temple at their original places and inform prior to them on the government decisions relating to Hindu temples.
Earlier, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu assured Hindu dharmic delegation that his government will rebuilt the temples. However, the delegation was not satisfied with his response, citing that without government orders officials wont take such kind of decisions. They also demanded to dismiss Krishna district collector, who is alleged to be in involved in religious conversions as well as city municipal commissioner.
The sitting audience demanded Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas to tender an unconditional apology for his unapologetic behaviour with Hindu organization during their protest in the last week. Speaking on this occasion, sadhus said the government in Saudi Arabia is offering land for the construction of temples, but it is quite opposite happening in our own land which is intolerable.
Sadhus and people have expressed their doubts on credentials of government officials involved in the Hindu temple demolition drive. Earlier, officials had removed Seethammavari Padalu, the Dakshinamukha Anjaneya Swamy temple and the Sanaischara swamy temple overnight.
Sri Kamalananda Bharati, said, “Unfortunately, the government appointed an IAS officer who was once involved in religious conversions as Krishna Pushkaram special officer. The government is requested to take a note of this.”
Kamineni Srinivas, MP, who attended the meeting said the Vijayeswara Swamy temple would not be demolished. The Seethammavari Padalu temple would be rebuilt after beautifying the area. Reconstruction of the temples would be completed before the commencement of Pushkarams.
The activists raised slogans against the government and demanded an apology from the Vijayawada MP, making him to leave the venue abruptly. Endowments minister P. Manikyala Rao, BJP MLC Somu Veeraraju, Gokaraju Rangaraju, BJP MP, and leaders Kanna Lakshminarayana, Siva Swamy of Siva peetham Srinivasananda Swamy, Sri Sri Sri Shiva Swaroopa, Mahant Yamunadas and others were present.