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Veerraju serves ultimatum to YSRCP leadership
VISAKHAPATNAM, January 6.
Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday announced that it would launch a Statewide yatra to save temples after January 20.
He told reporters after leading a dharna at GVMC Gandhi statue here along with MLC P.V.N.Madhav and former MLA N.Vishnu Kumar Raju, he said that they would also march to Ramatheertham on Thursday and appealed to Chief Minister Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy to allow them to have darshan of Lord Ram at Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy temple in Vizianagaram district.
“The police escorted Ministers Valampalli Srinivas, Botsa Satyanarayana and MP V. Vijay Sai Reddy and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu to the hilltop temple near Nellimarla in Vizianagaram and there was no justification in arresting them when he led a march to Ramatheertham. He demanded Statewide protests if party activists arrested at various places were not released immediately.
“It’s unfortunate that the government as well as the Main Opposition are pursuing a two-tongued approach,” he said accusing them of adopting vote bank politics. He said both the parties were scared of the rising popularity of BJP and its ally Jana Sena.
Serving an ultimatum to the government, he said they would not keep quiet and campaign in the length and breadth of the State against anti-Hindu stand adopted by Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy. He also cited instances of anti-Hindu measures taken up by Mr. Chandrababu Naidu when he was the Chief Minister.
He said there should be an independent probe into the incidents of vandalism at temples in the State. He said the government had no power to deny them the darshan of Lord Ram at Ramatheertham as the BJP was instrumental behind construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya after spearheading a movement.
Mr.Veerraju alleged that the TDP, when it was in power, and the YSRCP Government had been trying multiple times to corner the funds of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. He said there was a threat to Srisailam temple as people belonging to other religions were being encouraged to take over shops and settle down at the holy place.
Referring to the Chief Minister’s statement that there was a ‘political guerilla warfare,’ he said how could he make such an allegation when they were fighting for a just cause democratically.