Bhopal Lok Sabha MP and BJP Leader Pragya Singh Thakur on Sunday said Hindu temples and shrines should be freed from government control as the money donated to them was going to “heretics” and minorities.
Thakur also said that the Bharat Bhakti Akhara formed during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj would hold protests to free the temples from the control of the government.
“Our (Hindu) places (temples and temples) remain under government control with the district collector as the chairman (of temple committees). The money given to Hindu temples including big temples is going to minorities. It goes to the ‘heretics’,” he said while inaugurating the office of the Bharat Bhakti Akhara at a campus in Bhopal.
The MP said that the Bharat Bhakti Akhara will oppose the government’s control over Hindu temples and temples.
“Bharat Bhakti Akhara opposes this (government control), will fight against it, protest and demand that the government free all our temples from its control,” he said.
Thakur also said that Hindus would control, protect and develop their temples.
The BJP MP said that the donations received from temples should be spent on the development of Hindus.
He said that the office of the Akhara in Bhopal would become the center of religious work, defense of the nation and patriotism.
Thakur is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.
Thakur had stirred several controversies in the past, including his remarks on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, for which he later apologized.
Earlier, Thakur had also made controversial remarks about IPS officer Hemant Karkare, who was killed during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. She had said that Karkare had died because he had “cursed” her for torturing her.