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Unlike temples, churches and mosques are prayer halls, they can be razed, says MP Prathap Simha

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Mysuru: Upping ante for the cause of Hindu temples, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Prathap Simha on Sunday took severe exception to equating the temples with churches and mosques.

Simha visited 101 Ganapathi Temple at Agrahara and addressed media on the premises.

Strongly opining that “Churches and Mosques cannot be weighed equally with temples, as they are just prayer halls,” Simha said “Such structures can be dismantled, not temples.”

Simha’s claim comes in the backdrop of of razing Mahadevamma temple in Uchgani village in Nanjangud taluk recently that has turned into a political mudslinging between BJP and Congress.

Alleging that the officers are trying to target only Hindu Temples, Simha advised the officers to respect the sentiments of public before deciding anything in haste. Till now six to seven temples are razed, in the early morning hours.

In the name of Supreme Court order, seven to eight temples including Hullahalli temple was pulled down. In 2009 Supreme Court guidelines, it is stated to review unauthorized religious structures. While district administrations instead of reviewing the structures has went on to demolish them.

Raking up the issue of dargah on D Devaraja Urs Road and Krishna Vilas Road, Simha said “even the murder of Hindu activist Raju was linked to an unauthorized religious structure. Why the civic body didn’t stop the construction works? he questioned.

He claimed that “Churches and Mosques are not religious places like Hindu temples. They are only prayer halls and it can be dismantled as it won’t disturb any sentiments.”

Mayor Sunanda Phalanethra, BJP City unit President T S Srivatsa, backward classes Morcha president Jogi Manju and other pro-Hindu groups members were present.

– Team Mysoorunews

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