February 17, 2018
Coimbatore : BJP national secretary H Raja today accused the HR and CE department in Tamil Nadu of failing to protect a large number of temples and their properties from encroachers, including political parties and organisations.
Of the over 38,630 temples, about 10,000 were in dilapidated condition where there were no daily poojas as the department failed to protect the temples and properties, he told mediapersons here.
Based on the two cases from Sivagangai and Tirunelveli, Madras High Court had directed to get back the properties from the contractors and give them on market rates and also retrieve all the properties within six weeks, he said.
Hindu temples had 4.73 lakh acres, 22,000 buildings and 33,000 houses across the State, he said. Raja urged the State Government to act on the court directive and constitute a committee to identify the land and present occupants and come out with detailed report.
Blaming DMK and Dravidar Kazhakam (DK) for looting temple properties, he said a technology college run by former DMK Minister in the city was also constructed on temple land.
Raja said he would come out with a list of temple land and properties encroached by DK and others and the people would take to the streets to retrieve temple land. He asked the city corporation to hand over the parking slots in a lake belonging to Koniamman temple, the presiding deity of the city and encroached by it.
On the Punjab National Bank fraud, Raja alleged that the bank had given the loan, following pressure from the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram. The NDA Government was taking all steps to recover the loans, he added.
Regarding the Supreme Court verdict on the Cauvery, he said the Narendra Modi Government would take all steps to get the ruling implemented. Though disappointed by reduction of quantum of water, he said Karnataka would not able to play its tactics of not releasing water any more, Raja said.
Endorsing the views of Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan that Tamil Nadu had of late become a training centre and camp for terrorism, Raja said those disputing this were `mentally imbalanced’.