Prime News, Karnataka, Religion, Health, Disease, Bengaluru, May 27:- A day after Karnataka government said temples can reopen in the state from June 1 when lockdown 4 ends, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said mosques and churches can also open at the same time.
Yediyurappa said, “Mosques and churches can open along with temples from June 1.” He also added, “We will wait for Prime Minister’s decision on reopening of temples, mosques and churches.”
Karnataka on Tuesday became the first state to announce the reopening of temples. The state government’s order will be applicable from June 1.
The decision was announced after Chief Minister Yediyurappa held a meeting with his minister for religious and charitable trusts – popularly known as Muzrai Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary.
However, the decision to reopen only temples didn’t go down too well with the Opposition. Congress MLA N A Harris slammed the move and said, “The government must announce reopening of mosques and churches as well. They were closed together and they have to reopen together. Can’t just open temples and not mosques.”
The Congress also said the BJP government is playing communal politics in the lockdown.
“The temples will be opened to offer puja and daily rituals, we are not permitting temple fairs and events,” the minister had said on Tuesday. Karnataka has over 34,000 temples that come under the Muzrai department.
As per the state government’s announcement, a standard operating protocol will have to be by the temple administration after reopening. The SOP will be released soon.
Sources in the Karanataka government said that decision was taken keeping in mind that there was a huge demand for temple opening by both priests and devotees. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)