Political interference in religion draws flak
VIJAYAWADA: The interference of political leaders in spiritual activities is now debatable topic among citizens. The leaders interference leading to controversies and disputes is now common to public.
Presently, a fresh controversy between two groups led by TD MILA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and prominent personality Koganti Satyanarayana is a hot topic in the city.
Actually, political leaders’ involvement was very nominal in the past. Leaders like vangaveeti Ranga and Devineni Rajasekhar, both dominated the city politics for a
long time, but were never involved in the spiritual activities.
Even former MLA Vangaveeti Ratnakumari had interest during the Dasara festival but she confined to only service activity as a volunteer. Previously, vangaveeti Ranga and Devineni Muralialso conducted the Dasara rallies but they took several precautions without any controversies. They had organised at their own risk and without too much common men’s involvement.
But the present trends are against the citizens’ mood and political leaders are following different traditions. Especially now, the leaders are getting involved in temple and other mass devotional activities to draw the attention of common public for politicalmileage.
Actually, several Congress and TD leaders jointly tried to set up Bhagya Nagar Seva
Samiti in the city for organising Ganesh festivals in the model of Hyderabad.
But, industrialist Koganti Satyam has taken up the issue though the reasons are different. They successfully conducted the festival celebration in a grand manner last year. It had drawn huge numbers of public across the city and several parts of district.
TD MILA Bonda Uma entered the festival scene this year by keeping in mindpublic response. But it turned controversial andraised debate on political leaders’ interference, Not only this, several leaders are continuing as honorary presidents for various temples in the city.
Significantly, some of the leaders have not much faith in devotional life but they are heads of temple committees and it is an open secret. However, another temple related function hall issue at Satyanrayanapuram was also politicised when all the political parties blamed each other. Former Durga temple trust board member K. Jaganmohana Rao said that the political leaders should not involve and control the spiritual operations. He said that devotees have desire to run the temple committees without political leaders’ interference.
Note 1: Industrialist Koganti Satyam has taken up the issue though the reasons are different. They successfully conducted the festival celebration in a grand manner last year. It had drawn huge numbers of public across the city and several parts of district.
Note 2: TD MLA Bonda. Uma entered the festival scene this year by keeping in mind public response