Telangana BJP head and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar today raised many eyebrows when he asked the people of Andhra Pradesh to choose between the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita.
With this thinly-veiled attack on the YSR Congress Party government, Kumar expressed extreme displeasure at the rising number of temple desecration incidents in the state.
"It is not a party but a religion that is ruling Andhra Pradesh today. That is why there have been so many attacks on the buildings sacred to other religious communities - more than 120 temples of the state have been attacked since this religion came into power. We would like to warn the religion not to test the patience of the BJP and its workers, and to take measures to prevent any such incidents in the future," he said.
The MP also specifically targeted Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for his "failure" to protect the interests of the state's Hindu community, and demanded that he either reform the AP endowments department or hand over the control of the department to the BJP.
He then urged the people of the state to "drive the YSRCP out of office", and asked them to support the BJP - Jana Sena Party candidate in the upcoming Tirupati by-election to ensure the development of their constituency.
The desecration of an idol of Lord Kodanda Rama
at the Ramateertham temple in Vizianagaram district's Nellimarla, the latest among a series of such incidents, has prompted many parties to accuse the Jagan government
of instigating and supporting such actions.