Hyderabad: The TDP has demanded an apology from the YSR Congress chief, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, for dishonoring the traditions of Sri Raghavendra Swamy temple in Mantralayam.
In a statement here on Sunday, the party general secretary, Mr Chandrasekhar, has said that Mr Jagan has not only defied the temple traditions by wearing shirt while entering the temple, but also permitted his security personnel and followers to enter the temple with shoes. He said if Mr Jagan had no faith in the Hindu religion, he should keep himself away from temples and other religious places. But by defying the temple traditions, he had hurt the sentiments of crores of Hindus, Mr Chandrasekhar said.
Alleging that Mr Jagan had no regard for the highly venerated traditions of the country, Mr Chandrasekhar said that his earlier act of going to Satya Sai Mandir in Puttaparti and making his supporters raising slogans hailing him was an evidence to this. He has reminded that even the President of India, Chief Minister and ministers have earlier respected the traditions of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy temple during their visits.
Demanding that Mr Jagan should immediately apologize to the devotees, Mr Chandrasekhar has also asked the government to take suitable action against him for violation of the temple norms.