Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan launched a blistering attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy over “ban” on Ganesh Utsav saying the state government is hell-bent on destroying India’s rich traditions.
This statement from the BJP minister comes after the YSRCP govt imposed restrictions on Chaturthi festivities.
In a series of tweets, Muraleedharan said, “First Attacks Hindu temples. Now banning Ganesh Utsav @ysjagan’s Govt is hellbent on destroying Hindu culture. Ganesh Utsav is a national festival, the symbol of unity. Banning it is an insult to India’s rich traditions. Shame! People will never forgive this motivated move.”
In another tweet, the minister claimed that harassing BJP workers for raising voices on behalf of people or arresting leaders will never deter their commitment.
“Once the British tried to do the same, through its 1892 anti-public assembly legislation. But Lokamanya Gave a befitting reply with Ganesh Utsav. @BJP4Andhra too will continue to fight for people & protect India’s traditions,” he added.
- People will never forgive this motivated move, said V Muraleedharan
- BJP will continue to fight for people & protect India’s traditions, he added
- The minister also accused the Jagan govt of harassing Andhra BJP karyakartas
Earlier, Andhra Pradesh BJP chief Somu Veeraju and state general secretary Vishnu Vardhan Reddy Satya Kumar were detained after they organised a protest against the YSRCP government’s curbs on the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in public.
The state government has defended its decision saying the restrictions were imposed as per the Centre’s guidelines.
Attacking the Andhra Pradesh BJP leaders, the state government said there is no need to politicise the issue, and clarified that restrictions have been imposed only on the public celebrations due to a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla had issued guidelines to all states and Union Territories saying that the COVID-19 guidelines have been extended up to September 30.
“State Governments/UT Administrations are further advised to take suitable measures to avoid large gatherings during the coming festive season and if required, impose local restrictions with a view to curb such large gatherings,” he had said in his letter.