Cong says BJP disrespecting Kedarnath shrine

Congress chief Harish Rawat Monday accused the BJP of disrespecting the Kedarnath shrine by finishing up renovations that ran opposite to its authentic design “conceptualised as per Hindu traditions” by the Eighth-century religious chief Adi Shankaracharya.

Rawat’s feedback got here two days after Home Minister Amit Shah referred to the renovation of the Kedarnath shrine for instance of the BJP authorities’s response to the Congress’s “appeasement politics”.

The Congress’s marketing campaign head in Uttarakhand stated: “There was a temple courtyard decided by Shankaracharya as per the pauranik system… and that has been changed. Our shastras have been ignored. Why is no one saying that they disrespected Kedarnath?”

On Saturday, Shah had additionally introduced {that a} statue of Adi Shankaracharya can be unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kedarnath on November 5.

Rawat responded: “Another bigger disrespect they did, was that we had decided where to build the statue of Adi Shankaracharya by taking suggestions from Shankaracharyas and their representatives. They removed that foundation too. That is the disrespect to Bhagwan Kedarnath and Adi Shankaracharya. How can those who disrespect Kedarnath stay in Uttarakhand?”

The former chief minister was talking at a programme to welcome former state minister Yashpal Arya, who had lately joined the celebration. Last month, in a significant setback to the ruling BJP in Uttarakhand forward of the Assembly polls, Arya give up the celebration and joined the Congress alongside along with his MLA son Sanjeev Arya.