The private installation of the idols of Shiva and Nandi at Srikalahasti temple in Tirupati has sparked off a major political row in Andhra Pradesh. The opposition parties are demanding a CBI probe in the matter.
The Bhartiya Janta Party had warned the state government that they will have to pay a ‘heavy price’ for playing with the sentiments of the Hindu community. BJP members along with the former Srikalahasti trust board member Kola Ananda and former TTD trust board member G Bhanuprakash Reddy protested against the state government and raised slogans at Andhra Pradesh endowments department’s regional joint commissioner’s office in Tirupati, on Monday.
The former Srikalahasti trust board chairman Kola Ananda has stated that the YSR Congress party failed to protect Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh.
“The AP government is indulging in minority vote bank politics and committing crimes against Hindus. Though back to back sacrileges are being reported at several temples across the state in recent times, the state government has not initiated any stringent measures to end the same,” said Kola Ananda.
TTD trust board member G Bhanuprakash Reddy raised questions on the temple authorities.
“How can private persons install idol at the Srikalahasti temple under the administrative purview of the state endowments department. We have credible information that temple officials pledged their support to this heinous act and tried to cover-up when the issue was exposed. Without their support how can private persons take idol weighing nearly 7 kgs each inside the temple and install them? We demand a CBI probe into the incident to bring the true fact to light,” stated Bhanu Prakash Reddy.