BJP demands inquiry into Tirupati ‘conversion’ incidents

Andhra Pradesh BJP today demanded an inquiry into the alleged
conversions and Christian proselytising on the Tiruamala Hills, claiming it
hurt the religious sentiments of the majority community.

source: Andhra
Jyothy, English Edition, 2-Aug-2006

Hyderabad, Aug 2: Andhra Pradesh BJP today demanded an inquiry into the alleged
conversions and Christian proselytising on the Tiruamala Hills, claiming it
hurt the religious sentiments of the majority community.

“There has been a systematic and methodical campaign in the temple town of
Tirupati and some of the officials working with the holy shrine are also abetting
conversions,” state secretary K Laxman told reporters here today.

Alleging that large-scale proselytising was being carried out by missionaries
in the the temple town, Laxman said some of the top posts were “deliberately”
given to non-Hindus.

A campaign was carried out recently at the Padmavati Womens’ University, aided
by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, propogating Christianity, he alleged.

He claimed that preaching was being done in buses and residential areas, and
demanded that an inquiry be ordered to bring out facts on the “presence and
style of operation of Christian missionaries” at Tirupati.

The Left parties were trying to blame BJP for “politicising” the issue but
the facts would come out if an impartial inquiry was ordered into the entire
episode, he added.

Two youths were arrested while they were allegedly recording on video a Cross
painted on a house while two nuns were taken into custody while they were allegedly
distributing flowers and “material” at a hospital recently which fuelled the
controversy

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