Ratnagiri: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will be staging agitation through out the State against the Government' ploy to take over management of all temples in the State. A committee has been formed to oppose such take-over. In the meeting held to plan about the future course of action, it was decided to spread the word about the 'take-over' to all Hindus. Hand-bills were distributed on the occasion. 'Nationalization of temples' is a step taken by the State Government against Hindus and all Hindus should revolt and compel the Govt. to withdraw the proposed Bill, it is said in the hand-bill.
It has been mentioned in the said pamphlet that the Govt. is planning to make use of the funds to repay its debts. On the recommendations of the 15th Law Commission, the Govt. is planning to take over temples and religious institutions. Under the proposed Act, the Govt. will have the power to immediately dissolve any trust and take over its management. Thus donations made by Hindus will be controlled by the Govt.
The 'secular' Govt. has thus taken anti-Hindu action and has left all mosques, durgahs and madarassas registered with Wakf Board so also churches from the purview of the proposed Act. There are ample instances of malpractices in managing the funds of temple trusts like Sree Siddhivinayak Temple which are under the control of the Government. Then how will the Govt. manage 450000 temples?