BJP hits out at Chidambaram temple clash

via Chennai Online published on March 5, 2008

Madurai, March 04 The Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharathiya Janata Party
(BJP) today strongly condemned the lathi charge in the Sri Natarajar
temple at Chidambaram and demanded stern action against the officials
responsible for the violence.

to newspersons here, BJP State Vice President Pon Radhakrishnan
wondered why members of Dalit Panthers of India (DPI), Peoples Art and
Literary Association (PALA) and Dravidar Kazhagam, besides Muslims, who
were in no way connected with the temple, were allowed inside the holy
place to indulge in goondaism. The Government should not have allowed
the atheists inside the temple complex and create problem.

pointed out that there was no ban on singing ‘thevaram’ or
‘Tthiruvasagam’ in the sanctum sanctorum even now, during the rituals.
He asked, why should ”Manitha Urimai Pathukappu Kazhagam” (Human
Rights Protection Association) and other non-Hindu organisations should
be allowed to interfere.

The problem should have been sorted
out through talks and what the Government did was shabby, allowing the
temple complex to turn into a battle ground, he alleged. On the Sethu
issue, he strongly condemned the Centre’s move to tell the apex court
that the Ramar Sethu was not man-made, but a natural formation. He
accused that the Centre had taken the move only to satisfy the
minorities. – Bureau Report

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