BJP opposes move of Siddaramaiah government on religious institutions
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 08-Feb-2018



Bengaluru, February 8: Sharpening the attack on Siddaramaiah led Congress government over the recently passed order on religious institutions, Senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar said that Congress is deliberately interfering in the working of mutts and temples run by religious institutions. On January 29, 2018, the Department of Religious and Charitable Endowments had issued one notification seeking inputs and suggestions over the proposed law for the regulation on religious bodies under the control of Religious Endowment Act.

Speaking to the media, the former Chief Minister asked Siddaramaiah to withdraw the politically motivated order. Voicing against the move, Shettar announced that BJP would stage a massive protest if the state government fails to withdraw the public notification. The senior BJP leader also dared Siddaramaiah to pass a new order which would bring all religious institutions under one law. The Karnataka LOP also urged the state government to address the concern of irked heads of religious institutions.

According to media reports, the order was passed after the directions of Karnataka High Court on the issue of non-inclusion of mutts, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists under the amendments brought to Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Act, 1997. It is expected that within two months, the draft committee will submit the proposed draft to the Law Ministry.