Former chief minister of Karnataka, and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on February 17 raised several questions on the process of Ram Mandir fund collection, he also alleged that he has been threatened to donate money.
"I am not concerned about contribution of money (for Ram temple), if required I will also contribute.
But who is actually giving information?
Where is the transparency in collecting money?
Several people are collecting money by threatening others.
I am also a victim, 3 people, including a woman, came to my house.
They threatened me that why am I not giving money, this is country's prime issue - why are you not giving money?
Who is she?
Is she authorised to come and ask me?" questioned Kumaraswamy.
After former chief minister Siddaramaiah refused for donation of Ram Temple, Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa said 'one Siddaramaiah is enough to destroy Congress party.' "One Siddaramaiah is enough to destroy Congress party. Similarly, HD Kumaraswamy is destroying his party. Even the poor are giving Rs 10 each (for Ram temple) out of devotion. Siddaramaiah says that it's disputed land, so he won't contribute," said Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa. He added, "PFI tells people to not contribute (for Ram Temple) as it's disputed land, Siddaramaiah says the same. They have the same opinion. There is no difference between Siddaramaiah and PFI, they are one."
Amid the ongoing state assembly elections, BJP president JP Nadda questioned the "lockdown imposed in West Bengal" when foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram Mandir was held in Ayodhya. "Should we let it continue? Should a grand temple of Lord Ram be made in Ayodhya or not?," he asked. Nadda further urged people to give a befitting reply to TMC in the polls.
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on March 06, the General Secretary of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Champat Rai spoke on Ram Temple construction and donation. Rai said, "Door-to-door collection has stopped. People can donate online on the Trust's website. We are in talks to acquire land for a ground in front of the temple but nothing decided yet." "Temple to be ready in 3 years," he added.
Due to spike in COVID cases, night curfew has been imposed in Karnataka between 10 pm and 5 am to check the spread of coronavirus. Police barricades were placed to keep a check on the vehicular movement in Bengaluru. Similarly, the police officials kept a tab on movement during the curfew in Kalaburagi. They also baton charge people found wandering at public places during night curfew. DCP Kishore Kumar said, "Kalaburagi City Police are enforcing the night curfew (between 10 pm and 5 am) very strictly. We request people not to come out without any reason." The night curfew will remain in place till April 20.
The Election Commission has issued a second notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Supreme Court today said persons above 18 years of age are free to choose their religion. India has breached another grim milestone as it recorded daily covid cases over 1 Lakh 31 thousand. Bus services were hit in Karnataka for the third consecutive day today. The 7th Fleet of the US Navy says it has sent a warship about 224 kilometres west of India’s Lakshadweep islands to assert navigational rights and freedoms.
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