Debate in Andhra Pradesh over idol desecration

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On the night of December 26, the idol of Lord Rama was mutilated in the famous Ramtirtham hill temple in Vizianagram district. Two days later, the idol of Subramaneshwar Swami was found with broken arms and legs in a temple in Rajahmundry.

The desecration of idols in several temples in Andhra Pradesh has caused a political storm in the state. Some opposition parties have slammed the YS Jagmanmohan Reddy government and blamed it entirely for the attack. In contrast, leaders of the ruling YSR Congress have accused Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N.S. Chandrababu Naidu has been accused of conspiring to spread hatred against the government. On the night of December 26, the idol of Lord Rama was mutilated in the famous Ramtirtham hill temple in Vizianagram district. Two days later, the idol of Subramaneshwar Swami was found with broken arms and legs in a temple in Rajahmundry.

These two incidents caused controversy in the state and opposition parties attacked the government for failing to protect the temples. Some opposition leaders have claimed that there have been more than 125 incidents of vandalism and idol-breaking at various temples in the state since Jagan became the chief minister. Chandrababu went to Ramtirtham on Saturday and demanded the government to conduct a CBI probe into the temple vandalism. He also complained of conversion. Ruling party Rajya Sabha member V. Vijay Sai Reddy went to the temple and BJP legislature member VN Madhav along with another team visited the spot and investigated.

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Debate in Andhra Pradesh over idol desecration
Debate in Andhra Pradesh over idol desecration

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