BHOPAL: The temple priests and sants of Madhya Pradesh plan to campaign against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh if the State government decides on passing an ordinance taking over all temple land in the state.
Over 100 sants and temple priests performed havan and other religious ceremonies at the Kamla Park Road in Bhopal and blocked one side of the road to register their protest.
Mahamandleshwar Computer Baba said that they have given two days time to the state government and if they fail to respond, all the sadhus will go to Uttar Pradesh and campaign against BJP. “We will tell the UP voters that the BJP comes to power with support of Hindu religious leaders but they have no respect for the sants. They are taking away land which was donated to temples by kings and nawabs. Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s rule is worse that the Mughal rule. So the voters of UP should think twice before voting for BJP.”
The Vishwa Brahman Samaj Sangh president Yogendra Mahant said they the sants and priests formed MP Sant Evam Pujari Mahasangh at a meeting held in Indore a fortnight back where they decided this course of action.
A temple priest and one of the organizers of this protest Chandrashekhar Tiwari said that the State government has been trying to bring an ordinance to take over temple land for the past few years. The sant samaj has been opposing it consistently, but this time we want an order from the chief minister saying that there is no such plan to take over temple land.
Traditionally temple land is transferred from one priest\mahant to his successor, who is usually his son or close relative. However, if this ordinance is passed, the collector will become the owner of the land.