Congress Party MP A.Revanth Reddy today said that the demolition of a mosque and a temple situated on the existing secretariat premises was a black day in Telangana state. Taking strong exception to the demolition of the two religious places.
He alleged that CM KCR was hurting the religious beliefs of the people of different communities in the state. While referring to the demolition of Nalla Pochamma temple located on the premises of the state secretariat, he said that the temple was the hub of separate Telangana state agitation. He also termed the demolition of state secretariat which was used by 16 chief ministers of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state as a barbaric act. He made it clear that It was not good to demolish the secretariat buildings in the name of vaastu. Reddy said that while sentiment was good superstition was bad. Referring to the judgment of the Telangana high court on the issue, he said that he apex court of the state had dismissed his petition by stating that the state cabinet decision was not final on the issue.
He asked the state government as to how it would demolish the state secretariat without taking requisite environmental clearances. He said that the National Green Tribubal was Formed by their party president Sonia Gandhi to hear the cases related to environmental issues. He demanded the state government as to where it would dump the debris.
He said as per the directions of Supreme Court, no permanent structure could be built near Hussainsagar. He announced that he would go to the Supreme Court in this regard. He also slammed the BJP and MIM for their silence on the demolition of temple and mosque. He asked as to why MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi is not protesting against the demolition of the mosque. He also demanded that Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy speak on this issue.
The TPCC Working President said that as many as 16 Chief Ministers ruled the State from the same Secretariat complex without any hindrance. However, by demolishing the old Secretariat, KCR has tried not only to erase the history, but also attacked the heritage, culture, beliefs and popular sentiments. He said that most of the blocks in the Secretariat were recently constructed or renovated at a huge cost and they were in perfect working conditions. However, hundreds of crores of public money were turned into debris as one man wanted his insane thoughts to prevail.
The Congress leader said that the demolition was carried out without taking any environmental clearances. He said the norms prescribed by the National Green Tribunal were also ignored. He said that the demolition has generated a huge quantity of debris and it would be a Herculean task to safely dispose off that debris