Appointment of Manu Mutthappa as temple committe chief flayed

Kodagu Ekikarana Ranga has alleged that the BJP is going against its own rule that politicians and those without good conduct can not become members of temple committees.

A case in point is appointment of Manu Mutthappa, who has been appointed as the chief of Sri Talacauvery-Bhagandeshwara temple administration committee.

In a press release, the office-bearers of the Ranga A A Thammu Poovaiah, M K Appacchu, Thathapanda Nayana, Nandetira Raja Madappa, T M Pramod Somaiah and P M Muthanna alleged that according to Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment Act 1997, those who are elected to the temple managing committee should not be a office-bearer of any political party. At the same time, the name of Manu Muthappa was in the list of rowdy sheet of the police.

The BJP leaders have lauded Manu Muthappa for assaulting a Tahsildar during RMC election.

When Mutthappa was the Zilla Panchayat Standing Committee on Education and Health president, a scam was unearthed in the district.

There was misappropriation in the purchase of Nagpur orange saplings by the horticulture department during his tenure.

A person with such a background becomes the chief of the temple committee, then one can expect the kind of development work which will take place in the temple.

The release said that the Ranga was carrying out mass feeding in Talacauvery. Many had posed question over the income of the Ranga. “About 500 donors had helped us in carrying out mass feeding. The Ekikarana Ranga has spent Rs 6,49,832 for carrying out mass feeding for 30 days during Thula maasa in 2010.

We had spent Rs six lakh for the one-day mass feeding organised at Talacauvery in the month of October. We have collected documents for the expenditure,” the release said.

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