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BJP criticizes Karnataka government for imposing 10% tax on temples, labelling it as ‘anti-Hindu’

Vijayendra Yediyurappa, Karnataka BJP president, stated that the Congress government aimed to replenish its depleted funds by implementing anti-Hindu policies.

In Bengaluru, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed the Congress government in Karnataka as “anti-Hindu” following the passage of the ‘Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Bill 2024’ in the state assembly on Wednesday. The bill grants the government authority to levy a 10 percent tax on temples generating revenues exceeding ₹1 crore, and 5 percent on those with revenues ranging between ₹10 lahks and ₹1 crore.

Karnataka BJP president Vijayendra Yediyurappa accused the Congress government of resorting to anti-Hindu policies to refill its coffers. “The Congress government, consistently adopting anti-Hindu policies in the state, has now turned its attention to the earnings of Hindu temples and passed the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments bill to replenish its empty coffers,” he stated.

He expressed concern that the collected funds would be diverted for other purposes, emphasizing that devotees’ offerings meant for temple upkeep and community welfare should not be misused. Yediyurappa questioned the selective targeting of Hindu temples, raising concerns about potential unrest and misappropriation.

In response, Karnataka minister Ramalinga Reddy accused the BJP of politicizing religion. He asserted that the Congress has historically safeguarded Hindu interests and temples, contrary to BJP’s claims.

“Sri Vijayendra Yediyurappa, the BJP’s habit of labelling Congress as anti-Hindu for political gains is evident. However, the Congress stands as the true guardian of Hinduism, having consistently protected temples and Hindu interests over the years,” he remarked.

Reddy also questioned the BJP’s negligence toward Hindu religious institutions during their past governance periods, highlighting the lack of attention to revenue management despite existing legislation.

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