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KarnatakaK'taka passes Bill to stop temple demolition

The new Bill is aimed at protecting unauthorized places of worship that have come up in the State and facing the threat of demolition in the backdrop of the Supreme Court order

KarnatakaK’taka passes Bill to stop temple demolition
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KarnatakaK’taka passes Bill to stop temple demolition

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Bengaluru: The BJP government in Karnataka, under fire from all corners, especially from Hindu outfits on the issue of temple demolition, finally passed a law in the state Assembly to put a break to temple demolition drive in the state.

The proposed Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill 2021 was passed amid heated debate between both ruling BJP and opposition Congress on Tuesday.

The proposed enactment 'Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill-2021' aims to stop demolition of religious structures in the state in the backdrop of the Supreme Court order. The enactment states that whatever may be the legal provisions of laws and irrespective of orders or guidelines by courts, jurisprudence and authorities, from the date of implementation of the 'Karnataka Religious Structures Protection Act -2021', the government will protect religious centres in accordance with the stipulated guidelines.

The process of vacating, shifting and demolishing religious centres that have come up on public properties will be stopped once the act is implemented after it is presented and passed in the Legislative Council. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah alleged that the BJP brought the law after facing heat from the Hindu Jagaran Vedike and Hindu Mahasabha.

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