Thiruvananthapuram: BJP spokesperson B Gopalakrishnan raised suspicion about the Kerala government’s adamant attitude to reopen temples even after the Indian Medical Association (IMA) voted against it. He noted that neither the devotees nor the temple committees have demanded to reopen the temples.
“Government must clarify why they want to reopen the temple,” asked the BJP leader.
“As per the Hindu belief, God is everywhere. Offering prayers is a personal matter. Public prayers not carried out in temples are as per Hindu custom. Revenue from temples like Guruvayur and Sabarimala should be used to help other temples which are struggling to meet their daily expenditure. The government should not transfer the revenue from temples to their fund,” said Gopalakrishnan.
He also criticised devaswom boards for rushing to open the temples.
“Devaswom boards are interested in opening the temples to help the officials earn salary and other benefits,” he noted.
At the same time, the BJP leader pointed out that BJP will examine whether the government order has any hidden agenda to trap Hindu religious institutions.