Rally held to protest removal of temples

The rally, taken out under the banner of Federation to Save Temples, and led by its honourary president Ilai Alwar Swamiji, president and advocate C V Keshavmurthy, was launched from Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple within the premises of Amba Vilas Palace.

The rallyists marched to the office of the Deputy Commissioner via K R Circle, D Devaraj Urs Road and JLB Road. Their simmering discontent turned into anger when the additional deputy commissioner, instead of the deputy commissioner, met them to receive the memorandum.

The ADC relented when five prominent rallyists vociferously demanded meeting the DC to express their grievance. The district administration was tightlipped on what transpired between the DC and the representatives of the rallyists.

The district administration has listed 121 temples, besides a few mosques, which will be cleared or shifted depending on their location. The drive, which appears to be imminent, has triggered some tension, especially among certain sections of the majority community. They have formed an umbrella organisation to launch, what they describe, a protracted struggle against the plan to demolish unauthorised temples.

Drive on hold?

If the words of Medical Education and District In-charge Minister Ramdas are any indication, the drive against illegal places of worship will be delayed by a week, pending clear guidelines from the state government.

Speaking to the media, Ramdas said the district administration was awaiting the principal secretary’s guidelines related to how the structures would be relocated. Once these aspects are cleared, the respective district administration could go ahead with the planned drive.

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