TDP Chief and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has expressed concern over the “increasing attacks” on idols of Hindu temples across Andhra Pradesh in past 15 months of YSRCP rule under Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Naidu’s reaction came after the recent fire incident which destroyed the 62-year-old historical chariot of Antarvedi temple in East Godavari.
”It seemed like a heinous act carried out by some anti-social and anarchic elements,” said Naidu hinting at a conspiracy. The TDP has demanded a judicial inquiry in the matter.
Naidu also questioned to how the chariot at Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Temple was burnt in Nellore district.
”There seems to be no end to the atrocities of anarchic elements ever since the YSRCP came to power in the state. Attacks, harassment and violence was on the rise everywhere,” said Naidu.
TDP has alleged that temples in the state were attacked and also claimed that over 23 idols were destroyed in 6 temples in Pithapuram in January.
”The idols were vandalised at Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Seetharamanjaneya Swamy Temple, Mutyalamma Temple, Someswaramma Temple and Kanaka Durgamma Temple. Last November, the devotees’ associations and the Hindu Mahasabha had condemned demolition of Kanaka Durgamma Temple opposite Market Yard in Guntur city,” said the party.
Meanwhile, TDP senior leader and former Home Minister N Chinarajappa, who has been leding the TDP fact-finding committee to probe the incidents, demanded a judicial enquiry to be ordered into the burning of Antarvedi Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple at Antarvedi in East Godavari district.