Controversy over Karnataka temple tax bill erupts, BJP calls Congress 'anti-Hindu' India News


New Delhi: A political firestorm has erupted in Karnataka over a bill that allows State Govt Temples receiving a share of their income.
The state government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah approved.Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Bill, 2024' in the state assembly which mandates the government to collect 10 per cent from the temples. Income above Rs.1 crore and 5% whose income is between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.1 crore.
This bill has started a war of words among the rulers. Congress And its staunch rival, the BJP, blames the latter. SiddaramaiahDistribution of roll-out”Anti-Hindu“Policies.
The BJP criticized the state government, accusing it of implementing 'anti-Hindu' policies. BJP State President Vijendra Yeddyurappa Alleged that the government passed the bill to fill its depleted coffers.
He said on X, “The Congress government, which has been consistently adopting anti-Hindu policies in the state, has now taken a crooked look at the revenue of Hindu temples and passed the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment Bill to fill its empty coffers. What is it.” .
“Under this, the government will collect 10 per cent of the income from temples earning more than Rs 1 crore, which is nothing but poverty. The offerings dedicated to the knowledge of God and the development of the temple will be reinvested. should be allocated for decoration. For the convenience of the temple and the devotees, if it is allocated for any other purpose, it is on the divine beliefs of the people. There will be violence and fraud,” he added.
Vijendra Yeddyurappa also raised the question as to why only Hindu temples are examined and not the income of other religions.

Congress responds.

Responding to the BJP's allegations, Congress leader and Karnataka government minister Ramalinga Reddy questioned the BJP's continued involvement in religious politics.
Reddy accused the BJP of seeking political gains by branding the Congress as anti-Hindu and claimed that the Congress had consistently protected temples and Hindu interests over the years.
“Sri Vijayendra Yeddyurappa, it is clear that the BJP always gains political advantage by claiming that the Congress is anti-Hindu. However, we, the Congress, consider ourselves to be true supporters of Hinduism because, over the years, the Congress The governments of have consistently protected temples and temples. Hindu interests,” he said.
“Did your BJP government neglect its responsibilities between 2008 and 2013 as well as 2019 to 2023? It seems they have turned a blind eye to the income of Hindu religious institutions and charitable endowments, despite “Acts or bills have been there since 2001,” he added.
“So you were not oblivious to the income of the Hindu temples?” asked Ramalinga Reddy.
He asserted that the people of Karnataka are aware of the BJP's tactics, and they are likely to “teach them a lesson” in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
(with ANI input)

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