Ram temple fund: Sangh Parivar, BJP deny HD Kumaraswamy charges | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The war of words between ex-CM HD Kumaraswamy and Sangh Parivar continued on Wednesday over collection of donations for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
A day after alleging that donations are being collected “forcefully” and houses which refused to make the contribution are being “marked”, the JD(S) leader said collection of donations was arbitrary as it lacked both transparency and accountability. The BJP dismissed the allegations and asked Kumaraswamy to show even one house marked for not contributing.
Nobody is forced to make donations: CM
The BJP asked Kumaraswamy to show even one house marked or one incident where donation was extracted. BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel said the former CM should “not stoop low” and added that collection was voluntary.
Kumaraswamy told reporters he’s not opposed to construction of the temple but was demanding transparency in fund mobilization. “The government has a responsibility to find out who is collecting funds since all and sundry are on the road in this exercise. Who authorised them to hit the streets and who’ll keep account of the money thus collected,” he said.
He sought to know why online collection of donations was not being encouraged since “so many Jan Dhan accounts” have been created in the recent past. He said his family has faith in god and it has never misused the name of god.
BJP minister KS Eshwarappa accused Kumaraswamy of manufacturing an issue out of the collection drive to extract political mileage and said his statements will only hasten the party’s slide into oblivion.
“Irrespective of religion, people are making voluntary donations to the construction of the temple. Without knowing the ground reality, making false allegations will do no good to anybody,”said chief minister BS Yediyurappa .
Basavaraj, organising secretary, VHP, Karnataka, said these are baseless allegations, “VHP condemns Kumaraswamy for making unwarranted remarks on RSS. The fund-collection drive started on January 14 and ends on February 27,”he said.

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