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Kerala BJP lock horns with government on reopening of temples

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Kozhikode, Jun 9 : Even as major temples under the various Devaswom Boards has opened its doors for devotees from Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kerala Unit is up in arms against what according to them the unilateral decision of the state government on reopening the temples in the state.

Talking to the media here on Tuesday, BJP state president K Surendran alleged that the decision to open temples was taken without consulting with spiritual leaders and religious scholars.

While the state government had consulted with who-is-who of other religions, this was not done in the case of temples. No spiritual leader or scholars who matters were not consulted on the issue, Mr Surendran alleged. The decision to reopen the temples was only aimed at the wealth of the temples under the control of the Devaswom. The Government did not bother to allot a penny for hundreds of temples which had nothing in their kitty to survive during the past two months. The Government neglected the tens of thousands of staff of these temples without giving any financial aid for survival, he alleged. In view of Hindu religious leaders expressing resentment over the decision to open temples, the Government should rethink its decision to open the temples for devotees, Mr Surendran demanded.

Earlier responding to a comment by Union Minister for State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, who opposed the state government's decision to open temples, state Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran had stated that it was based on the advice by the Central Government that the temples were opened from Monday.

The Minister also went on a step further by stating that some people wanted to organize a protest similar to that held in Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on opening the temples in the state. The Government also discussed the issue with religious leaders, Devaswom Board officials and representatives of Tantri Samajam and Tantri Mandalam prior to deciding to open the religious institutions including temples, the Minister remarked. Though the numbers are limited and according to pre-registration, it appears that the devotees have taken the opportunity to make it to their favourite temples including Guruvayoor, duly adopting all norms prescribed, including social distancing. (UNI)

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