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Kerala: ‘Temples should be freed from govt control’

Rajasekharan has been general secretary of Hindu Aikya Vedi since 1992.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: December 20, 2015 2:55 am

Newly appointed president of Kerala’s BJP unit Kummanam Rajasekharan said on Saturday that temples in the state should be freed from government control.

Speaking to reporters after assuming office, he said: “Only temples are subjected to the intervention of politicians. Whereas, governance of mosques and churches are free from the meddling of politicians.” Rajasekharan has been general secretary of Hindu Aikya Vedi since 1992.

Referring to three temple boards run by the state government, Rajasekharan said around 1,300 temples in Kerala are being managed by temple boards (known as devaswom boards). The practice of government boards running the temples should be stopped, he said.

The state BJP chief also said that the government has the responsibility to recover the alienated real estate properties of temples and hand these over to the temples. In some cases, the government has occupied temple properties, he said. Claiming that around 25,000 acre of land owned by temples have been encroached upon, Rajasekharan said this land should be returned to the temples.

“We have the same approach regarding encroachment on wakf land,” he added.

He also said all Hindus irrespective of their caste should be given opportunity to perform pooja at temples.

Rajasekharan further said that the BJP would contest the upcoming Assembly polls in Kerala with an aim to come to power.
“During earlier polls, the party used to say that it’s aim is to open an account. But this time we are contesting for coming to power by securing 70 plus seats,” he said.

He added that people of Kerala are waiting for a change. “As the BJP president, I have the responsibility to live up to the expectations of people, who are fed up with the alternate governments of LDF and UDF. At this critical juncture, I have a greater role to play as BJP chief,’’ he said.

(With PTI inputs )

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  1. T
    True Hindustani
    Dec 20, 2015 at 4:52 am
    Why secular government is insisting to have control of funds from hindu temples and not have control of funds from christains and muzzzlims. Now comes news that chandy governmen has alloted hundreds of acres of land for constcution of chrisain churches since chandy is a vaaticcan agent. Thousands of acres of hindu termples land have been snatched by muzzzlim and chriistain encrocahers in Kerala. Yes BJP and all keraltes must agitate to get muzzzlims and christaisns vacated from land of hindu temples and from forest land and they must fight to have control of land and funds of hindu temples as well
    1. A
      Dec 20, 2015 at 12:15 am
      So Modi strikes.Well, no issues.Temples can be given out of Govt Control to Hindus, who wants to handle this filth?.However, then Temples should vacate Govt Land( Native Kerala), back to Bihar, UP,Gujarat,Ramjanam Bhoomi,Kurukshetra,stan i.e Bania Bhoomi (from where they came from) and vacate the land of Kerala.Tax and revenue is being collected for the land occupied by foreigners catering to Hindu converts or Hindi migrants from the past.So, its another way of collecting Land Tax.Also, only Vishnu and Shiva temples can be given out to Hindus(Indians) in return for an equal value of cash.Godess(Thamburati) Temples(Majority Temples) of Kerala will come under the purview of Kerala and not part of Devaswom board and therefore cannot be given, instead the brahmins and banias occupying these spaces can be stripped of their gold and sent back to Goojrat.It is becoming ever more urgent for one more communist revolution, land needs to be stripped of Devasom board and given to the people.If there is one more revolution, Achayans will support the communists with money and muscle ;), so that a Hindi Vanar is not given space in our holy land.
      1. K
        Dec 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm
        The Government does not control the Mosques or Churches, but, is ever ready to steal from the temples in the form of money and materials. Hindu temples have become the pet projects from where to steal for all the politicians, this is helped by dirty, corrupt, suck-up priests.
        1. D
          Dec 20, 2015 at 11:13 am
          Well, we dont acknowledge your claim over our land and we wont allow it.We are used to putting down Bharatis with strict use of verbal force, if not political force.I think you are living in a delusional world of your brhatti myths
          1. Raghu Panjala
            Dec 20, 2015 at 8:05 am
            Status quo is good. Temple lands arent for Brahmans only. They are people land. Govt represents all hindus. Only chaddis, Manu wadis want temples be in control of themselves. why should anyone worry about govts owning temples. Arent govts by hindus?
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