National president of the BJP OBC Morcha and past president of the Telangana BJP, K Laxman, today condemned the recent attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh.
Describing the spike in temple desecration incidents as a threat to entire Hindu community, he said that the inability of the YSR Congress Party to deal with and prevent such incidents was shameful.
"The high number of temple vandalism incidents in Andhra Pradesh is a cause for great concern. The government itself has admitted that at least 26 temples have been attacked by miscreants so far. But we have found the real number of such incidents to be closer to 120. There has been a huge rise in temple desecration incidents since the Jagan government took office. If the government is being unable to protect the temples of the state, it should dissolve the endowments department. That way, the Hindu community can safeguard its temples and other properties itself," the BJP leader said.
He alleged that the incidents were the direct result of the negligence of the government, and the poor law and order situation of the state.
Speaking specifically about the recent vandalisation of the Ramateertham temple
in Vizianagaram district's Nellimarla, Laxman urged AP Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to take stern action against those involved in the incident to make an example out of them.
He then condemned the comments of CPI leader K Narayana
, that the BJP was orchestrating the temple attacks to discredit the state government, and said that Narayana had lost his senses, and that the CPI had become the YSR Congress Party's B-team in AP.
Commenting on the upcoming Tirupati by-election, he urged the people of the constituency to vote for the BJP - Jana Sena candidate to ensure the protection of temples and the overall development of the state.
"As long as the YSRCP is in power, not much will change. I urge the people of the Tirupati constituency to support the BJP - Jana Sena candidate in the upcoming by-elections as this will ensure the victory of a candidate who will not only protect Hindu interests, but will also procure developmental funds from the Centre for Tirupati," Laxman said.
BJP state spokespersons G Bhanu Prakash Reddy and Samanchi Srinivas, OBC Morcha state president N Venkata Sivanarayana and other party leaders also condemned the attack on the temple.