Politics has intensified in Andhra Pradesh over temple being demolished in the state. In the recent past, more than a dozen Hindu temples have been vandalised in the state. Now Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Minister Botcha Satyanarayana has that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will take part in Bhoomipujan on Friday for the reconstruction work of nine temples demolished during the tenure of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government in Vijayawada.
According to the information, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy will also lay the foundation stone for eight other development works at Rs 77 crore in the Durga temple. As per the schedule, at 11.01 am, the two edicts will also be unveiled at the construction site of the Saniswara Swamy temple. Later, the chief minister will visit the Durga temple of Indrakiladri.
Temples to be rebuilt in Vijayawada include Rahu-Ketu Temple, Sri Anjaneeswamy Temple on the route leading to Durga Temple, Sri SitammaVariPadalu Temple, DakshinamukhaAnjaneeswamy Temple and Saniswara Swamy Temple. Apart from these, Shri Dasanjaneya Swamy Vari Temple, BodhuBomma, Sri Veera Babu Swamy Temple (near Police Control Room) and Goshala Krishna Temple are also to be rebuilt.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took the initiative to rebuild the temples demolished by the previous Chandrababu Naidu government in the state and decided to rebuild 9 temples that were demolished during the TDP government.
Speaking to the media after inspecting the arrangements along with Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao on Thursday Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Minister Botcha Satyanarayana said, “The reconstruction works estimated to cost Rs 1.8 crore to Rs 2 crore will be launched by the CM. Similarly, he will also visit the Kanaka Durga temple to start the temple development works. This is the first time that the government is spending for the temple’s development instead of using Sri Durgamalleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam funds.”
MA&UD Minister further clarified that the state government headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy will not differentiate based on religion and that it was committed to the welfare and development of everyone irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
Earlier on Saturday last week, former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President Chandrababu Naidu reached Ramathirtham temple with his supporters. On this occasion, he sought information from the temple administration about the incident. Former CM Naidu first reached Vizag Airport, where he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters. Naidu then left for the temple along with Vizianagaram MP P Ashok Gajapati.
Both the leaders visited the spot and condemned the incident of breaking the idol of Shri Ram, 400-year-old Ramatirtham. He blamed the state government for this. Recently, a 400-year-old statue of Ram was destroyed by some unknown person in Vizianagaram of the state.
The recent spike in mysterious attacks on temple properties in the state has prompted the Andhra Pradesh government to enhance security measures at places of worship. The government has also formed a state-level ‘Communal Harmony Committee’ with the Chief Secretary as its chairman to look into these issues. The Director-General of Police will be the vice-chairman of this committee that will also have representatives from each religious community as its members.