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AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to Meet Amit Shah in Delhi Tomorrow amid Row over Temple Vandalism

A file photo of Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy. (Image: PTI)

:Though the sources did not specify whether the Chief Minister has been summoned to give an explanation, the sudden visit assumes significance as it comes after the state BJP leaders lodged complaints with the Centre against the Jagan Mohan Reddy government over the recent desecration of idols in temples.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy will visit New Delhi on Tuesday for a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, official sources here said. Though the sources did not specify whether the Chief Minister has been summoned to give an explanation, the sudden visit assumes significance as it comes after the state BJP leaders lodged complaints with the Centre against the Jagan Mohan Reddy government over the recent desecration of idols in temples.

The state BJP, in fact, has alleged the state police under the leadership of Director General of Police D G Sawang had not only “utterly failed” in protecting the temples and the idols but also “intentionally, deliberately and carelessly issuing statements defaming and damaging the reputation of the party.” State BJP president Somu Veerraju threatened to take “appropriate action for your prosecution under criminal law” against the DGP over the latters claims that BJP workers were involved in the recent attacks on temples. BJP MP G V L Narasimha Rao spoke to Amit Shah and complained about the attacks on temples and the “failure” of the state government in not only preventing the acts of vandalism but also in bringing the culprits to book.

In the temple chariot burning case in Anatarvedi in September last the state government did write to the Centre seeking a CBI investigation, but the Central agency is yet to take up the case. The Chief Minister is expected to take up the issue with the Union Home Minister, sources said.

The state, during its winter session of the Legislature in December last, passed a modified legislation the AP Disha (Special Courts for Specified Offences against Women and Children) Bill 2020 which requires the Presidents assent upon clearance by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The state Assembly’s resolution seeking abolition of the AP Legislative Council is also awaiting the Centres approval.

These issues too are expected to come up in the discussions between the two, the sources added. As his government is keen on locating the states Executive Capital in port city Visakhapatnam and launching the functioning by Telugu New Years Day Ugadi in April, the Chief Minister is expected to brief Shah on the current legal imbroglio that has been holding up the move.

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