Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh BJP leaders are making a renewed push to visit Ramateertham and offer prayers at Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple.
Addressing a press conference in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, BJP state president Somu Veerraju said the government should allow them to visit Ramateertham temple on Wednesday to offer prayers.
"When they allowed Rajya Sabha member V Vijay Sai Reddy and opposition leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu, what would be the harm if we are allowed," Veerraju said.
Stating that BJP was not against any religion, he said his party would honor the sentiments of Hindus who comprise 80 percent of the population in the state
Demanding protection of Hinduism and Hindu temples, he announced to launch Jana Jagrana yatra on January 20 from Ramateertham to Tirumala via Pithapuram, Antarvedi, Rajamundry, Vijayawada, and Srisailem.
He said it was unfortunate that not a single person was taken into custody in any of the temple attacks.
When asked whether BJP would demand a CBI inquiry, Veeerraju said there was no need since it was the responsibility of the state government to find out the culprits behind the attacks.
The BJP also strongly reacted to the strong presence of police at the Visakhapatnam BJP party office. He said the YSRCP leaders on one hand have been saying BJP had no presence in Andhra Pradesh and would lose deposits, but on the other, they are obstructing the programmes by deploying police.